Kathrine Stewart

IMPRS doctoral candidate
Department for the Ecology of Animal Societies
Research Group Fruth

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:
MSc. Biology
(2014 – 2016)
Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan, Canada
BSc. Honours, Ecology and Evolution (2006 – 2011)
Department of Biology, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada
WORK EXPERIENCE:
Research Assistant, Luikotale Bonobo Project
, Dem. Rep. Congo: May 2018 – Oct. 2019
Implemented and collected data for the Luikotale Bonobo Project (LKBP) Iodine Project
Recorded feeding intake rates, 5-minute activity scans and ad-libitum behavioral data on focal
individuals (avg. 6 hours per focal) in two habituated communities of bonobos (
Pan paniscus)
Collected monthly plant and water samples from designated plot sites
Research Assistant, Loango Chimpanzee Project, Gabon: Apr. 2017 – Apr. 2018.
Systematically recorded daily ranging, feeding and social behavior of a community of
chimpanzees (
Pan troglodytes troglodytes) using CyberTracker software
Summarized field data in comprehensive monthly and special event reports
Teaching Assistant, BIO 120 Lab, University of Saskatchewan: Sept. 2014 – Dec. 2015
Assisted in the running of first-year undergraduate biology labs by demonstrating lab
techniques, explaining lab material and grading lab assignments
PhD Research Assistant, Sable Island Horse Project, Canada: Summer, 2014 & 2015
Conducted daily horse (Equus ferus caballus) population surveys
Collected and processed fecal samples; processing involved preparing McMaster slides for
larval egg counts and mixing samples for larval floats
PhD Research Assistant, Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project, Costa Rica: Nov. 2013 – Feb. 2014
Collected detailed ad-lib, focal and group scan data on white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus)
Trained incoming volunteers in monkey identification and research protocols
Research Assistant, Luikotale Bonobo Project, Dem. Rep. Congo: Sept. 2012 – Jun. 2013
Recorded bonobo foraging habits, group composition and social interactions
Designed and maintained a comprehensive database to organize bonobo IDs and field data
Project Field Manager, Guassa Gelada Research Project, Ethiopia: May 2011 – Jun. 2012
Collected data on Gelada (Theropithecus gelada) feeding ecology, ranging and social behavior
Wrote up weekly and monthly field reports summarizing research
Actively managed field camp: duties included procuring supplies, dispensing staff salaries and
maintaining relationships with local conservation officers
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Volunteer Research Assistant, Operation Wallacea Desert Survey, Egypt: Aug. 2010
Recorded presence and condition of migratory birds in 2 oases in Egypt’s Western Desert
Used mist nests to capture birds and SE European Bird Migration Network (SEEN) guidelines to
evaluate age and body condition
Volunteer Turtle Nest Monitor, Canada: Jun. – Aug. 2010
Monitored nesting activities of western painted turtles (Chrysemys picta belli) in Burnaby Lake
Park, Vancouver: collected and recorded data on nesting attempts, nest locations, number of
eggs laid and turtles’ general behavior
Volunteer Research Assistant, Operation Wallacea Bird Survey, South Africa: Jul. – Aug. 2009
Used visual and audio cues to identify birds during daily point counts
Conducted vegetation surveys to create a 3D vegetation model of the landscape
Volunteer Eco-Ranger, Stanley Park Ecological Society, Canada: Summer 2008
Acted as a nature interpreter for park visitors: learned to identify and describe flora and fauna
of British Columbia’s temperate rainforest
Identified and removed invasive plant species in Stanley Park, Vancouver
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS:
Extensive team-based field experience, including roles as a teacher and manager. Experience
includes:
a. conducting vegetation surveys
b. navigating with a compass, map and GPS unit
c. mist-netting (birds and bats)
d. basic microscopy
e. processing fecal samples for larval floats and McMaster slides
f. living in rugged conditions for extended periods of time (4-13 months)
g. training of field personnel and teaching in a lab setting
Proficient using the following programs for data collection, data entry, statistical analyses,
spatial analyses and/or report writing:
a. CyberTracker software
b. Microsoft
© Office programs (Word, Excel, and Access)
c. Open-source
R statistical software (esp. for spatial analyses and mixed modelling)
d. ArcGIS
© Desktop (for spatial analyses and map creation)
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AWARDS/FELLOWSHIPS/GRANTS:
Canada Graduate Scholarship -Master’s Program, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada (NSERC):
2015-2016 academic year
competitive scholarship awarded to students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement
in undergraduate and early graduate studies
Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) Grant, Polar Knowledge Canada: 2015
competitive grant annually awarded to students conducting research in northern Canada
Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Saskatchewan: 2014-2015 academic year
fellowship awarded to full-time graduate students with a minimum GPA of 80%
Golden Key International Honour Society Member: 2008 to present
membership offered to students who are in the top 15% of their class by GPA
Open Scholarship, Simon Fraser University: 2007-2011
awarded on term-by-term basis to students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.67 and a
minimum term GPA of 3.5
PUBLICATIONS and PRESENTATIONS:
1. McLoughlin, P. et al. 2019. Population and habitat ecology of boreal caribou and their predators
in the Saskatchewan Boreal Shield. Final Report. Department of Biology, University of
Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. 238 pp.
2. Nguyen N. et al. 2017. Comparative primate obstetrics: Observations of 15 diurnal births in
wild gelada monkeys (
Theropithecus gelada) and their implications for understanding human
and nonhuman primate birth evolution.
American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 163: 14-29.
3. McLoughlin, P. et al. 2016. Population dynamics and critical habitat of woodland caribou in the
Saskatchewan Boreal Shield. Interim Project Report, 2013-2016. Department of Biology,
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. 162 pp.
4. Habitat Selection by Woodland Caribou in Saskatchewan’s unique Boreal Shield. Oral
presentation at the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) conference, St. John’s,
Newfoundland, Canada, 2016.
5. Debeffe, L. et al. 2016. Negative covariance between parasite load and body condition in a
population of feral horses.
Parasitology, 143: 983-997.
6. Habitat Selection by Boreal Woodland Caribou in Saskatchewan’s Uniquely Pristine Boreal
Shield. Oral presentation at The Wildlife Society, Canadian Section’s Annual Conference,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 2015.
7. Nguyen, N. et al. 2015. Fitness Impacts of Tapeworm Parasitism on Wild Gelada Monkeys at
Guassa, Ethiopia.
American Journal of Primatology, 77: 570-594.

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