Nikki McAnulty

Nikki is completing her Bachelor of Natural Resource Science at TRU.  For her Honours thesis she is examining the ecology of a population of semi-urban garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) that are living on the interface of marshland and a major recreational facility in Kamloops.  She has conducted standard mark/recapture work to reveal the structure of the population, and at the same time she attempted radio-telemetry to examine the behaviour of gravid females.  Her field season in 2021 was significantly impacted by record high temperatures (close to 50 C) and a great deal of wildfire smoke.  However, her snakes disappeared underground and appeared to wait out the severe conditions.  Nikki has been aided in her work by  Drs. James Sudhoff (TRU Animal Health Techology) and Fergus Alexander (BC Wildlife Park), and support has been provided by the Parks & Recreation division of the City of Kamloops and a TRU ‘UREAP award.

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