Dr. Karen Grant
My interest in herpetology began around the age of four as the result of my mother bringing snakes, turtles and frogs home for show-and-tell. Growing up in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada an area rich with wetlands was a wonderful experience for a budding herpetologist/biologist. A great variety of wildlife could be seen from my back door.
After graduating, with honors, from Guelph University, I spent several months in Australia where I was a research assistant on a cane toad research project (based from James Cooke University but performed in the Northern Territory). Although the focus of the project was to determine the impact of the introduced cane toad on native fauna, there were many opportunities for viewing, and sometimes catching, native fauna including marsupials, amphibians and reptiles. Our prize catch on one trip was a crocodile!
Upon my return to Canada, I attended York University for both my magisterial and doctoral degrees which both examined the effects of environmental contaminants on amphibian development and growth.
More recently my interests have expanded to include reproductive biology of amphibians, reptiles and mammals. This includes the effects of energetic constraints, environment, and intra- and inter-specific relations on the numbers of offspring produced, as well as reproductive mode and behavior.