ivana schoepf

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I am an evolutionary biologist with strong interests in behavioural endocrinology. My primary research goals are aimed at understanding adaptive phenotypic plasticity, particularly in individuals experiencing different environmental pressures, being climate driven or parasitic in nature.

My research is mostly empirical and typically employs the use of field manipulation experiments performed in wild species directly in their natural environment. I typically employ a multi-disciplinary approach to tackle my questions, often looking at proximate mechanisms and ultimate reasons leading to individuals displaying certain adaptations. Some of the topics I have addressed so far include: sociality (mating systems in particular), dispersal, parents-offspring conflicts, performance and personality.

Currently I am working on maternal effects and host-parasite interactions.

recent and Up coming events 


QUBS : What we know now

One of the tasks I have been working on in my new duties as the Queen’s University Biological Station Research Coordinator has been to update the species lists. Since QUBS properties include an estimated 3400 hectares (>8000 acres) and cover a number of different habitats, it was no easy task. I am proud to announce that after some weeks of hard work I did it! QUBS species lists are now available for all the interested researchers to consult.

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In National Geographic!

I don’t normally like to brag, but I am going to make an exception here. My picture of a rufous-eared warbler has been chosen by National Geographic as one of their best photos of the week. My photo is number 6 in the gallery. Check it out here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/…/best-pictures-week-of…/

No, your eyes are not deceiving you: that is not not a red-winged blackbird I am holding! It's a handsome grey ratsnake.

No, your eyes are not deceiving you: that is not not a red-winged blackbird I am holding! It's a handsome grey ratsnake.

New Appointment!

As of Aug 2018, I have been appointed as the new Post-Doc Research Coordinator at the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS). I am excited to be able to spend more time in this beautiful place and to be a part of the fantastic station team.

This does not mean that I am saying goodbye to my beloved red-winged blackbirds: there is still plenty of work for me to do with those handsome guys, starting with all the exciting manuscripts that I am preparing. Watch this space!

Field Season 2018

And it was another exciting and successful field season with plenty of birds captured. Looking forward to see what the data will tell us…


Queen's University Biological Station (QUBS)

280 Queens University Rd, Elgin, ON K0G 1E0


Queen's University

99 University Ave, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

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