Danielle Courcelles

49Initially 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.

IMG_0057 - CopyMy 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.

Publications:

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

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