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Anne Dempsey

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Science & Engineering
Donald School of Business, Science and Computing
(403) 343-4055
anne [dot] dempsey [at] rdpolytech [dot] ca

Anne Dempsey completed her undergrad and M.Sc. at the University of Lethbridge. Her thesis focused on the Oreohelix snails of the Cypress Hills and Rocky Mountains of Southern Alberta. The evolutionary history of these snails is surprisingly complex and is closely tied with the very landscape itself. Additionally, these snails are host to an invasive parasite that is no less complex and interesting! To this day, Anne will do her best to share her fascination with anyone who will listen.

While acting as a lab instructor in Lethbridge, Anne picked up a passion for teaching. By the time she defended her thesis, she had decided that she would be an instructor at a post-secondary institution. Soon after her time at the University of Lethbridge, Anne began teaching at Red Deer Polytechnic (formerly, Red Deer College) where she can spend her days sharing the wonders of biology with students.


M.Sc. (molecular ecology and parasitology) University of Lethbridge, Alberta
B.Sc. (Biology) University of Lethbridge, Alberta

Main Areas of Teaching

Evolution, Ecology, Field ecology, Intro biology, and Independent studies.

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications

  • Dempsey ZW, Goater CP, and Burg TM. (2020). Living on the edge: Comparative phylogeography and phylogenetics of Oreohelix land snails at their range edge in Western Canada. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 20 (3): 1-13.
  • Dempsey ZW, Goater CP, and Burg TM. (2019). Found, forgotten, and found again: Distribution of the land snail Oreohelix cooperi in southern Alberta, Canada. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 97 (9): 833-840.
  • Dempsey ZW, Burg TM, and Goater CP. (2019). Spatiotemporal patterns of infection for emerging larval liver fluke (Dicrocoelium dendriticum) in three species of land snail in southern Alberta, Canada. Journal of Parasitology, 105 (1): 155-161.
  • Barks PM, Dempsey ZW, Burg TM, and Laird RA. (2018). Among‐strain consistency in the pace and shape of senescence in duckweed. Journal of Ecology, advance online.
  • Dempsey ZW. (2017). Phylogeography and trematode parasitism of Oreohelix land snails in Southern Alberta. University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta.

Community Involvement

  • Running the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge for Red Deer (April)
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