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  Dr. Mary Reid  


Director of the Environmental Science Program


Ph.D. 1992 Simon Fraser University
M.Sc. 1986 Carleton University
BSc. 1983 Queen's University


BI 339
(Environmental Science: SB149)


office: 403-220-3033
lab: 403-220-7930



Research Interests

Our work primarily focuses on the strategic interactions between bark beetles and their host trees.  Habitat selection is expected to depend on the energetic state of the searching animal and the choices it has.  The quality of trees, the habitat of most bark beetles, is expected to depend on how trees allocate to growth, defence and reproduction; such tree traits are an increasing focus in my lab.  The strategies of both bark beetles and trees are influenced by climate in ways that require further understanding.

Our field work takes place in western Canada with lab work occurring on the main campus or at the University of Calgary's Barrier Lake field station.

I am currently accepting applications from interested research students.  Please contact me to discuss research opportunities of mutual interest.



Courses Taught

Ecol 413 Field Course In Ecology
Ecol 419 Terrestrial Communites and Ecosystems
Ensc 401 Environmental Science Field Course I



Graduate Students



Kaiser, Matthias M.Sc. Acoustic ecology of mountain pine beetles
Lachowsky, Leanna Ph.D. Variation in individual brood and population sex ratios of mountain pine beetles, Dendroctonus ponderosae
Peralta-Vazquez, Haydee Ph.D. Ecology of mite parasitism on bark beetles

Young, Hilary


Effects of habitat edges on wildlife



Selected publications

  • Lachowsky, L. E. and M. L. Reid. 2014. Developmental mortality increases sex-ratio bias of a size-dimorphic bark beetle. Ecological Entomology in press.
  • Manning, C.G. and M.L. Reid. 2013. Sub-lethal effects of monoterpenes on reproduction by mountain pine beetles. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 15:262-271.
  • Fettig, C.J., M.L. Reid, B.J. Bentz, S. Sevanto, D.L. Spittlehouse and T. Wang. 2013. Changing climates, changing forests: a western North American perspective. Journal of Forestry 111: 214-228.
  • Young, H. C., T. G. Reid, L. A. Randall, L. E. Lachowsky, D. J. Foster, C. J. Pengelly, T. Latty and M. L. Reid. 2013. Influences of movement behavior on animal distributions at edges of homogeneous patches. International Journal of Zoology 2013: Article ID 602845.
  • Reid, M. L. and J. R. C. Purcell. 2011. Condition-dependent tolerance of monoterpenes in an insect herbivore. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 5:331-337.
  • Elkin C.M. and M.L. Reid. 2010. Shifts in breeding habitat selection behaviour in response to population density. Oikos 119:1070-1080
  • Reid, M.L. and O. Baruch. 2010. Mutual mate choice by mountain pine beetles: size-dependence but not size-assortative mating. Ecological Entomology  35:69-76.
  • Latty T.M. and M.L. Reid. 2010. Who goes first? Condition and danger dependent pioneering in a group-living beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae). Behavioral  Ecology and Sociobiology 64:639-646.
  • Latty, T. M. and Reid, M. L. 2009. First in line or first in time? Effects of settlement order and arrival date on reproduction  of a group-living beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 549-555.
  • Trzcinski, M. K. and Reid, M. L. 2009. Intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of mountain pine beetle population growth. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 11: 185-196.
  • Trzcinski, M. K. and Reid, M. L. 2008. Effect of management on the spatial spread of mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) in Banff National Park. Forest Ecology and Management 256: 1418-1426.
  • Stamps, J. A., V. V. Krishnan and M. L. Reid. 2005. Search costs and habitat selection by dispersers. Ecology 86: 510-518.
  • Elkin, C. M. and M. L. Reid. 2005. Low energy reserves and energy allocation decisions affect reproduction by mountain pine beetles (Dendroctonus ponderosae). Functional Ecology 19: 102-109.




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