Biological Sciences

Jessica Haines

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

PhD (Alberta)

6-117D, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Haines is an ecologist whose passion is using science education and research to engage others in the natural world. She teaches first-year to upper-level courses in biology, ecology and conservation biology. Her research primarily focuses on using citizen science to monitor biodiversity in Alberta using the citizen science app NatureLynx in collaboration with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute. The objective is to enable Albertans to be active participants in tracking biodiversity in the province using the app. She is also interested in understanding ecology and evolution by studying life history and behaviour in red squirrels.

Biodiversity, conservation biology, citizen science, science education, ecology, evolution, animal behaviour

Teaching and Research Interests


  • BIOL 108 Organisms in their Environment
  • BIOL 103 Humans and their Environment
  • BIOL 208 Principles of Ecology
  • BIOL 367 Conservation Biology


  • Using citizen science to monitor biodiversity
  • Behaviour and evolutionary biology of red squirrels

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Haines, J. A., D. W. Coltman, B. Dantzer, J. C. Gorrell, M. M. Humphries, J. E. Lane, A. G. McAdam, and S. Boutin. 2018. Sexually selected infanticide by male red squirrels in advance of a mast year. Ecology 99:1242–1244. doi:10.1002/ecy.2158

Peers, M. J. L., Y. N. Majchrzak, E. Neilson, C. T. Lamb, A. Hämäläinen, J. A. Haines, L. Garland, D. Doran-Myers, K. Broadley, R. Boonstra, and S. Boutin. 2018. Quantifying fear effects on prey demography in nature. Ecology 99:1716–1723. doi:10.1002/ecy.2381

Hämäläinen, A., K. Broadley, A. Droghini, J. A. Haines, C. T. Lamb, S. Boutin, and S. Gilbert. 2017. The ecological significance of secondary seed dispersal by carnivores. Ecosphere 8:e01685. doi:10.1002/ecs2.1685

Hämäläinen, A., A. G. McAdam, B. Dantzer, J. E. Lane, J. A. Haines, M. M. Humphries, and S. Boutin. 2017. Fitness consequences of peak reproductive effort in a resource pulse system. Scientific Reports 7:9335. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-09724-x

Martinez-Padilla, J., P. Vergara, L. Pérez-Rodríguez, F. Mougeot, F. Casas, S. C. Ludwig, J. A. Haines, M. Zeineddine, and S. M. Redpath. 2011. Condition- and parasite-dependent expression of a male-like trait in a female bird. Biology Letters 7:364–367. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0991