My main research interests are in avian ecology, population dynamics, and conservation biology. Since 2006, I have been working to understand the effects of partial harvesting on population dynamics of forest songbirds in New Brunswick. Most of my work consisted in quantifying the demographic response of Ovenbird. I did my MSc at the Université de Moncton (supervisor: Dr. Marc-André Villard) and PhD at the University of Alberta (supervisor: Dr. Erin Bayne). I also used multiple markers (e.g. stable isotope ratios, geolocators, genetic analyses, etc.) to track bird movements and understand the phylogeography of migratory songbirds. As a postdoctoral fellow, I am working as project ecologist for the Boreal Avian Modelling project. The main project that I worked on had for objective to identify the critical habitat for Canada Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Common Nighthawk across Canada.
Publications in peer reviewed journals
– Haché S., Hobson K. A., Bayne E. M., Van Wilgenburg S. E. and Villard M.-A. (In press). Tracking natal dispersal in a coastal population of a migratory songbird using feather stable isotope (δ2H, δ34S) tracers. PLoS ONE.
– Haché S., Bayne E. M. & Villard M.-A.2014. Post-harvest regeneration, sciurid abundance, and postfledging survival in an Ovenbird population. Condor 116: 102-112.
– Haché S., Pétry, T. & Villard M.-A. 2013. Temporal changes in the numerical response of breeding birds to experimental selection harvesting in northern hardwood forests. Avian Conservation and Ecology 8:4.
– Haché S., Villard M.-A & Bayne E. M. 2013. Experimental evidence for an ideal free distribution in a breeding population of a territorial songbird. Ecology 94: 861-869. Featured on cover of April’s issue.
– Villard, M.-A. & Haché S. 2012. Conifer plantations consistently act as barriers to movement in a deciduous forest songbird: a translocation experiment. Biological Conservation 155: 33-37.
– Thériault, S., Villard M.-A. & Haché S. 2012. Delayed settlement by spring migrants in the Ovenbird: active selection against partially harvested forest habitat? Behavioral Ecology 23: 1289-1295.
– Haché S., Hobson K. A., Villard M.-A & Bayne E. M. 2012. Assigning birds to geographic origin using feather hydrogen isotope ratios (δ²H): importance of year, age, and habitat. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90: 722-728.
– Villard, M.-A., D’Astous E., Haché S., Poulin J.-F. & Thériault S. 2012. Do we create ecological traps when trying to emulate natural disturbances? A test on songbirds of the northern hardwood forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42: 1213-1219.
– Villard, M.-A., Mazerolle M. J. & Haché S. 2012. L’impact des routes, au-delà des collisions: le cas des oiseaux forestiers et des amphibiens. Naturaliste Canadien 136: 61-65.
– Bayne, E. M., Campbell J. & Haché S. 2012. Is a picture worth a thousand species? Evaluating human perception of biodiversity intactness using images of cumulative effects. Ecological Indicators 20: 9-16.
– Haché, S. & Villard M.-A. 2010. Age-specific response of a migratory bird to an experimental alteration of its habitat. Journal of Animal Ecology 79: 897-905.
– Poulin, J.-F., Villard M.-A. & Haché S. 2010. Short-term demographic response of an old forest specialist to experimental selection harvesting. Écoscience 17: 20-27.
– Bayne, E. M., Haché S. & Hobson K. A. 2010. Comparing the predictive capability of forest songbird habitat models based on remotely sensed versus ground-based vegetation information. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 40: 65-71.
– St-Laurent, M.-H., Ferron J., Haché S. & Gagnon R. 2007. Planning timber harvest of residual forest stands without compromising bird and small mammal communities in boreal forest. Forest Ecology and Management 254: 261-275.
Other refereed contributions
– Haché, S. 2014. Local and regional demography in a migratory forest songbird and effects of forest management intensity. PhD thesis (pending final submission). Department of Biological Sciences. University of Alberta Edmonton. 214 pp.
– Haché, S. 2008. Réponse démographique de passereaux forestiers à une coupe de jardinage expérimentale. Master’s thesis. Département de biologie. Université de Moncton. 82 pp.
– Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. In Press. Cape May Warbler Conservation Management Plan 2013-2018. Prepared by S. Haché and T. Hannah. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. XX. Edmonton, AB.
– Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. In Press. Bay-breasted Warbler Conservation Management Plan 2013-2018. Prepared by S. Haché and T. Hannah. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. XX. Edmonton, AB.
– Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. In Press. Black-throated Green Warbler Conservation Management Plan 2013-2018. Prepared by S. Haché and T. Hannah. Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. Species at Risk Conservation Management Plan No. XX. Edmonton, AB.
– Haché, S., Solymos P., Fontaine T., Bayne E., Cumming S., Schmiegelow F., and Stralberg D. 2014. Critical habitat of Olive-sided Flycatcher, Canada Warbler, and Common Nighthawk in Canada (Project K4B20-13-0367). Technical report for Environment Canada. 130p.
– MacLean, D. A., Adams, G., Pelletier, G., Amos-Binks, L., Carle, J.-F., Chicoine, B., Colford-Gilks, A., Forget, P., Haché, S., Henderson, J., La France, K., Poulin, J.-F., Smith, M., Ward, C., Witkowski, A., Beckley, T.M., Béland, M., Betts, M.G., Erdle, T.A., Forbes, G. J., Frego, K., Kershaw, J.A. Jr., Roberts, M.R., Roy, R., Samson, C., Villard, M.-A., Wagner, R.G. & Wilson J.S. 2010. Management implications of forest dynamics, succession, and habitat relationships under differing levels of silviculture. The Sustainable Forest Management Network. Synthesis report. 77p.