RDRN General Meeting-Announcements/Refreshments – 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Natalia Lifshitz – 8:00 p.m.
Topic: Tree Swallows – Feathers and Pollution
Natalia Lifshitz was born in Mexico City and has been an animal lover since her early years. Natalia has an undergrad in Biology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she worked with the iconic Blue-footed Boobies on a tiny island in the Mexican Pacific, followed by a Masters in Ecology in the same University, where she worked with sexual selection in the Brown Booby. In 2013 Natalia moved to Edmonton, AB to pursue her PhD in Biological Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Colleen Cassady St. Clair (which she recently finished). Natalia worked with Tree Swallows to investigate the effects of metal pollution on their plumage colour, with particular interest in using this metric to monitor environmental quality non-invasively. Natalia resides in Edmonton with her Husband and their tiny dog Pacha. In her free time Natalia enjoys photography, playing tennis and traveling.