2022 Weston Family Awards in Northern Research recipient
University of Saskatchewan
Aaron’s interest in biogeography and island ecology can be traced back to childhood summers spent exploring the islands of Lac la Ronge, Saskatchewan and at the family cabin. The University of Saskatchewan PhD candidate is now revisiting the islands as part of his research.
After studying the island biogeography of ground beetles for his master’s degree, he is now reconstructing the island’s fire history and studying potential interactions between fire, island characteristics and biodiversity. He hopes that by studying fire on islands we can better understand the needs of wildlife living in the “patchy” boreal forest mosaic.
Aaron’s broad interests include ecology, entomology and conservation. When not staring at beetles through a microscope, he spends his time playing music, hockey and table-top role-playing games.