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COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Puget oregonian snail Cryptomastix devia in Canada - 2002

Biographical Summary of Contractors

Kristiina Ovaska, Ph.D., M.Sc., received her doctoral degree (biology) from the University of Victoria in 1987, after which she completed two post-doctoral studies in population biology and ecology of amphibians. Currently, she is senior ecologist with Biolinx Environmental Research Ltd. (Sidney, British Columbia) and research associate at the Department of Forest Sciences, University of British Columbia. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Ovaska has prepared several environmental impact assessments and status reports and conducted research on a variety of wildlife (vertebrates and invertebrates), including endangered species. She is the author of more than 30 publications in refereed scientific literature. Dr. Ovaska is a principal investigator of an ongoing project addressing the use terrestrial gastropods as indicators of forest-floor conditions in relation to different logging practices (project conducted for Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, 1999–2001). She is also a principal investigator of a study dealing with the distribution of terrestrial gastropods deemed to be at risk in southwestern British Columbia (2000–2001; funded, in part, by the Endangered Species Recovery Fund and Wildlife Habitat Canada).

Robert Forsyth is a dedicated amateur malacologist who since 1990 has travelled extensively throughout B.C. studying terrestrial molluscs. He is the author of 10 refereed papers on British Columbia terrestrial molluscs and is currently completing an identification guide to the land snails and slugs of British Columbia. Mr. Forsyth is a research associate with the Royal British Columbia Museum and is active in fieldwork, identification and research. With Dr. Ovaska, he is also investigating the distribution of terrestrial gastropods deemed to be at risk in southwestern British Columbia (2000–2001; funded, in part, by the Endangered Species Recovery Fund and Wildlife Habitat Canada). Mr. Forsyth is a member of COSEWIC’s Mollusca Species Specialist Group.