Amphibian health and ecology in the north

Welcome to my site. Thank you for your interest in my work.

I'm a faculty member at Keyano College, located in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. I teach in the University Studies and Environmental Technology programs, and I was recently appointed Environmental Studies Coordinator


I am also an adjunct professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and the Department of Biology at Laurentian University.


One component of my research program is evaluating ecosystem health by examining the health and population biology of amphibians in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories. I am particularly interested in two pathogens implicated in global amphibian declines, ranaviruses and the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). The interactions of these pathogens with environmental stressors such as disturbances related to oil sands mining is a major focus of my work. 

I am collaborating with several talented, dedicated scientists including Dr. Shathi Akhter (Agriculture and Agri-food Canada), Dr. Catherine Soos (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Mr. Bruce Pauli (Environment and Climate Change Canada), Mr. Lukas Mundy (Environment and Climate Change Canada),  Dr. David Lesbarr√®res (Laurentian University) and Dr. Erica Crespi (Washington State University) on questions related to amphibian health. 

Another component of my research program is examining early ecological succession patterns and amphibian population biology at disturbed and reclaimed wetlands in the Fort McMurray area. I am collaborating with Dr. Jan Ciborowski (U Windsor) on this important avenue of research.

I am currently serving as Associate Editor - Ranaviruses for Herpetological Review and I spearhead the Fort McMurray Biologists (see tab above for more information).

I'm always happy to discuss my research in person if anyone would like more information. My contact information is below.

Funding and Research Partners
Keyano College
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Parks Canada
Gov Northwest Territories
Canadian Wildlife Foundation
Alberta Conservation Association
Wood Buffalo Environmental Association
Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes
Suncor Energy Inc
Syncrude Canada Ltd

Contact me
danna.schock [at] keyano.ca
danna.schock [at] gmail.com
ph: 780-791-4816

page updated 28 Aug 2018