Initially hired in 2009 to identify stream invertebrates, I quickly grew to love freshwater ecology. While working for Dr. Palen, I was given the opportunity to work on many collaborative projects ranging from population estimates of amphibians to predator removal experiments. Through these projects, I developed an interest in the conservation of the beautiful landscapes where I often found myself.
My graduate studies are through UBC with Dr. Palen on my committee. Currently, I am interested in the ecological impacts of run-of-river hydropower. While run-of-river hydropower is arguably less impactful on the environment than coal or oil-based electricity production, the long-term impacts on ecosystems are not well studied. As Coastal Tailed frog tadpoles can live up to 4 years in streams, I would like to investigate if run-or-river operations could have population level impacts. In turn, this research will help inform mitigation and adaptive management of the run-of-river industry.
Courcelles, D., L. Button, and E. Elle. Bee visit rates vary with floral morphology among highbush blueberry cultivars (Vaccinium corymbosum L.). J. App. Entomol. J. App. Entomol. 137 (9): 693-701. PDF
Munshaw, R., W. Palen, D. Courcelles, and J. Finlay (2013). Predator-driven nutrient recycling in California stream ecosystems. PLOS ONE 8 (3): e58542. PDF
Courcelles, D. (2011). Re-evaluation of the length-weight relationship of Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis). Int. Pac. Halibut Comm. Report of Assessment and Research Activities 2011: 459 – 470. PDF
Atlas, W., W. Palen, D. Courcelles, R. Munshaw, and Z. Monteith (2013). Dependence of stream predators on terrestrial prey fluxes: food web responses to subsidized predation. Ecosphere 4 (6): 69. PDF
Munshaw, R., W. Atlas, W. Palen, D. Courcelles, and Z.M. Monteith (2014). Correlates and consequences of injury in a large predatory stream-dwelling salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus). Amphibia-Reptilia