I don't do much research now - I focus on conservation management policy. Below are projects from my past, some of which I will hopefully continue in the future.
Many species' ranges are limited by climate. As the world warms, temperatures are shifting toward the Earth's poles (e.g., the frost line is shifting northward in North America). For my PhD I investigated whether butterfly species shifted their northern range margins northward over the 1900's in Canada.
More and more research projects are bridging the divide between scientists and the public, encouraging everyday people to contribute valuable data to science. I am interested in trends in this area of research, and how ecologists in particular can combine research, outreach, and education.
It is shocking how little we know about nature, even for common species. Basic natural history (e.g., where species live and what they eat) is the starting point to any further research or conservation. I love old-fashioned natural history research, which is why I volunteer with The Canadian Field-Naturalist.
Maggots infesting putrifying flesh is obviously a beautiful sight (and odour). I am interested in constructing a database (CarrionNet) containing records of all insects associated with carrion in published articles. This project has been on a back-burner during my PhD on butterflies, but I hope to get a chance to re-visit it soon. And by soon, I mean within the next decade.