Staff Bios

Pandit, Ph.D.
Data Analyst/Research Scientist

I am a research biometrician with a broad set of technical skills in biostatistics, Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote sensing, programming languages and developing statistically sound study designs and monitoring protocols. My research and work experience lies at the interface of fish population (metapopualtion) and bio-diversity and quantitative ecology, incorporating principles from a diverse site of areas including landscape ecology, modeling and climate change. I am experienced in developing research design, evaluating juvenile and adult survival rates, juvenile entrainment and mortality rates in the dams, fish movement rates between habitats, and bypass measures (fish guidance and surface collection devices, gas super saturation) at multiple large hydroelectric projects. I have specialized in habitat and quantitative fisheries ecology, with extensive knowledge in the following fields:

  • Population dynamics and statistics, community or bio-diversity dynamics and statistics (Pandit et al., 2009; Pandit et al. 2012, Kolasa et al., 2012; Pandit and Kolasa 2013; Pandit and Peres-Neto, submitted.);

  • Fish Habitat Models and habitat restoration effectiveness (Pandit et al., 2013)

  • Climate change model (Pandit et al., 2017; Mark et al., 2018)

  • Anadromous fish Life cycle model (Pandit et al., 2020 submitted)

  • Fish Bioenergetics model (Pandit et. al., 2016)

  • Fish passage (Pandit et al., 2016)

  • Multistate model for anadromous fish movements pattern (Pandit et al., submitted);

  • Species distribution model using GIS and Remote Sensing (Pandit et al., 2010; vanduren et al., 2002)


  • Post Doctorate Research, University of Windsor, Uni. Quebec at Montreal, Uni. of Alberta/Depart. Of Fisheries and Oceans, 2009 - 2015

  • Ph.D. (Biology/Biostatistics), McMasters University, Canada, 2005-2009

  • Research Scholar Intern, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, VA, 2004-2005

  • M.Sc. (GIS and Remote Sensing), University of Twente, The Netherlands, (Graduated with Distinction) 2000-2002

  • M.Sc. (Zoology/Ecology), Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1993-1995

Recent Publications:

Pandit, Shubha N., Mark Poesch, Laxmi Koirala, Jurek Kolasa and Eva C. Enders: Assessing temporal shifts in ecological community nestedness: Are responses of invasive species more idiosyncratic than native species after land-use change? Invited for resubmission- under revision to resubmit- at Ecosphere (manuscript no: ECS17-0715).

Pandit, S. N., and Peres-Neto, P. A framework for integrating environmental time series into the analysis of spatial patterns of biodiversity: a case study that improves mammal richness models at the global scale. Invited for resubmission- at Global Ecology and Biodiversity under revision, manuscript no: GEB-16-0487).

Poesch, M., J.  Ruppert; Tyana Rudolfsen; Shubha N. Pandit (in PRESS).  A temporal assessment of the recreational and commercial fisheries in Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada: A collapsed northern fishery, Journal of Great Lake Research, manuscript no: GLR-D-15-00175.

Pandit, Shubha. N., Laxmi Koirala; Bryan M. Maitland; Mark Poesch; Eva C. Enders; 2017. Climate Change Risks, Extinction Debt, and Conservation Implications for an Endangered Freshwater Fish Carmine Shiner (Notropis percobromus). Science of the Total Environment 598, 1-11

Pandit, S. N., J. Kolasa, K. Cottenie, Eva. C. Enders, 2017. The role of local and regional processes on population synchrony along the gradients of habitat specialization. Ecosphere 7(5), e01217

Pandit, S. N., M. Poesh, and Eva Enders, 2017. Bioenergetics impacts of climate change to northern freshwater fisheries. 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics, Melbourne, Australia (Feb 7-12, 2016).

Koirala, L., S. N. Pandit, Eva Enders, 2017. Fish passage for Lake Sturgeon. 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics, Melbourne, Australia (Feb 7-12, 2016).

Poesch, Mark S., L. Chavarie, C. Chu, Shubha N. Pandit, and W. Tonn 2016. Climate change impacts on freshwater fishes: A Canadian Perspective.  Fisheries 41(7), 385-391

Maitland, B.M., M. Poesch, A.E. Anderson, S. N. Pandit.  2015.  Industrial road crossings drive changes in community structure and in stream habitat for freshwater fishes in the boreal forest.  Freshwater Biology 61 (1), 1-18.

Pandit, S. N., Y. Zhao, J. Ciborowski, A. M. Gorman and C. Knight.  2013. Suitable habitat model for walleye (Sander vitreus) in Lake Erie: implications for inter-jurisdictional harvest quota allocations. Journal of Great Lake Research 39:591-601.

Pandit, S. N., J. Kolasa and K. Cottenie. 2013. Population synchrony decreases with richness and increases with environmental fluctuations in an experimental metacommunity. Oecologia 171, 237-247.

Kolasa, J., L. Manne, and S. N. Pandit.  2012.  Species-area relationships arise from interaction of habitat heterogeneity and species pool, Hydrobiologia 685, 135-144.

Pandit, S. N., and J. Kolasa. 2012. Opposite effects of environmental variability and species richness on temporal turnover of species in a complex habitat mosaic. Hydrobiologia 685, 145-154.

Pandit, S. N., Hayward. A., Leeuw, J. and Kolasa. J. 2010. Does plot size affect the performance of GIS-based species distribution models? Journal of Geographical System, Volume 12, 389-407.

Pandit, S. N., Kolasa. J and Cottenie. K. 2009. Contrasts between habitat generalists and specialists - an empirical extension to the basic metacommunity framework. Ecology: Vol. 90, 2253-2262.

Poesch, M and Shubha N. Pandit. Assessing the Impacts of Resource Extraction Activities to Freshwater Fisheries: The Shifting Baseline Syndrome of Environmental Monitoring, IN: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Resources and their Management, (Book chapter), under review. 

van Duren, I. C., Shubha Pandit and de Leeuw, J. 2002. Impact of scale on the accuracy of species distribution maps. In: ISPRS 2002: Proceedings of ISPRS commission VII international symposium: Resource and environmental monitoring.  Editors: R.R. Navalgund [et al.].

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