Dr. Noonan is a quantitative ecologist and the head of the University of British Columbia–Okanagan’s Quantitative Ecology Lab. Species conservation is a multi-faceted challenge that requires effort from people with skillsets ranging from applied ecology, economics, social sciences, data science, and biogeography, to name only a few. For the efforts of this community to succeed, the evidence that is being used to inform conservation decisions must be accurate and reliable. The team of researchers working in Noonan’s Quantitative Ecology Lab is focused on supporting the statistically efficient integration of data into ecological theory and conservation initiatives.

Current work in the lab includes understanding the impacts of recreation on wildlife, the effects of climate change and environmental stochasticity on species’ movement ecology, and the effects of plastic pollution on species health.