Editorial Team

 Editors-in-Chief


Editor Image Keith A. Hobson Environment & Climate Change Canada, Science and Technology Branch Website

Keith Hobson is a senior research scientist with Environment Canada, Science and Technology Branch and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan. His research has focused on applied ecology and conservation of a broad range of avian taxa. A major research tool has been the use of naturally occurring stable isotopes of several elements as tracers of nutrition, contaminants , reproductive investment and movements of birds and insects. Hobson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was previous editor of Waterbirds and serves on a number of journal editorial boards

Conservation and management, development and use of stable isotope methods, migration and connectivity

Editor Image Ryan Norris Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada Website

Ryan Norris is an Associate Professor and University Research Chair in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph. His research addresses questions related to the population and fitness consequences of animals living in seasonal environments. His main research focus is on the ecology of migratory songbirds but he also works on a variety of other systems, including migratory butterflies, model lab systems and northern resident birds. His research integrates behavioural and demographic field research with a range of tracking techniques as well as theoretical and empirical modelling. Norris is a Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists & Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada and serves on several editorial boards.

population ecology, behaviour, conservation

 Subject Editors


Editor Image Nicholas J Bayly SELVA: Investigación para la Conservación en el Neotropico Website

Nick Bayly is the migratory species manager at the Colombian NGO SELVA. His research interests include the determination of bird migration strategies to facilitate the conservation of habitats on which the success of migration depends, the wintering ecology of migrants in the Neotropics and in answering basic ecological questions about understudied threatened and endemic Neotropical birds. He is currently working on the Neotropical Flyway Project, which aims to identify critical stopover regions in Central America and northern South America through broad-scale occupancy surveys, mark-recapture mist-netting stations and the deployment of radio-transmitters. As a certified bird bander since the age of 16, he is also passionate about molt strategies and monitoring techniques.

migration ecology, conservation, habitat quality, Neotropical biodiversity, molt

Editor Image Erin Bayne Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta Website

Erin is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. His research centers on understanding the cumulative ecological impacts of human activities on biodiversity, with birds as a focus. His research combines behavioral, population, and community ecology in combination with cutting edge techniques in wildlife monitoring, survey design, geographic information systems, and habitat modelling to achieve this goal. Current areas of emphasis include understanding the factors driving population dynamics of prairie raptors across their entire annual cycle, continental scale modelling of human land-use & climate change impacts on birds, and the use of automated recording technology for improving the capability of environmental monitoring.

population dynamics, biodiversity monitoring, avian conservation, density estimation, scenario modelling

Editor Image Erik Blomberg University of Maine Website

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine. My research seeks to evaluate relationships between environmental processes and wildlife demographics to better understand species' population ecology and inform conservation. I'm particularly interested in upland gamebirds, and I've worked extensively with grouse and more recently American woodcock. Research in my lab uses radio-telemetry, capture-mark-recapture, and other associated quantitative methods such as occupancy analysis and population modelling.

grouse, woodcock, capture-mark-recapture, population modelling, radio-telemetry,

Editor Image Alexander L. Bond Natural History Museum, UK Website

Broadly speaking, I'm a conservation biologist, with a focus on birds in the marine environment. My main focus is the effect of invasive species on island fauna, threats to seabirds at-sea, and population demography. I'm also interested in applications of stable isotopes in ecology, the effects of top-down and bottom-up influences on populations, and wildlife toxicology and health.

seabirds, conservation, invasive species, islands, stable isotopes

Editor Image Andrew Campomizzi Bird Ecology and Conservation Ontario Website

Andrew's research examines spatial and temporal patterns of avian distribution, abundance, and reproductive success. His goal is to contribute to a better understanding of avian ecology to provide practical information for conservation. Andrew uses various approaches to address research questions including field and lab research, analyzing new and existing datasets, fitting statistical models and simulating data, and using geographic information systems.

conservation, demography, habitat selection, study design

Editor Image André Desrochers Centre d'étude de la forêt, Université Laval, Canada Website

The long-term objective of my research programs is to better understand the influence of landscape on habitat selection by wildlife (mostly birds but sometimes, mammals). I analyze this problem 1) through detailed study of behaviour, often with individually-marked birds, 2) through the analysis of species occurrence and reproductive output over entire landscapes and 3) through simple experiments. Those approaches will remain the basis of my work (and that of my students) in the near future. Additionally, I have recently developed a keen interest in the short-term evolutionary consequences of environmental changes on birds, in ecomorphological as well as behavioral terms.

landscape ecology, habitat selection, nesting success, ecomorphology

Editor Image André A. Dhondt Cornell University, USA Website

ANDRÉ DHONDT is the Edwin H. Morgens Professor of Ornithology in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell and Director of Bird Population Studies at the Lab of Ornithology. He obtained his Ph.D. at Ghent State University in Belgium. After working with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Madagascar (conservation) and Western Samoa (applied entomology) he joined the faculty of Antwerp University, Belgium where he developed an active research group in the fields of population, behavioral and evolutionary ecology. Although the emphasis of his research was on birds, his students also studied mammals, insects and plants. He moved to the Lab of Ornithology at Cornell in 1994 where his research has focused on disease ecology. His book on Interspecific Competition in Birds (Oxford University Press) was published in October 2012. His interests are varied but focus on population biology and conservation of birds, and more recently on disease ecology. He is a member of the Academia Europaea - The European Academy.

disease ecology, population ecology, behavioral ecology, citizen science

Editor Image Pierre Drapeau Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada Website

Pierre's research program is focusing on the patterns and processes that are structuring bird assemblages in naturally disturbed and timber managed landscapes, particularly with regards to the cavity-nesting bird community and its complex biotic interactions. This research is aimed at determining conservation targets that allow persistence of birds in managed landscapes and reduce the gap with landscapes under natural disturbance regimes. He and his students use field approaches that range from point counts, playbacks and spot-mapping to nest monitoring of breeding bird populations in landscapes under different disturbance dynamics (natural and human-induced). His research interests also include food webs with regards to trophic links between birds, saproxylic insects and decaying trees in forest ecosystems.

Habitat alteration, population and community ecology, changing landscapes, habitat selection, deadwood ecology, conservation targets

Editor Image Brad Fedy University of Waterloo Website

My research examines factors that influence fitness of animal populations at multiple scales-from genes to landscapes. The impetus for most of my research emerges from important conservation issues; however, I also endeavor to answer general ecological questions to improve concepts and theory in ecology and evolution. I focus on questions examining habitat prioritization, landscape genetics, population trends, and social behaviour.

landscape genetics, habitat selection, population trends, Tetraoninae

Editor Image Charles M. Francis Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Website

My primary responsibility with Environment Canada is coordinating and managing bird monitoring programs in Canada, developing ways to improve bird-monitoring programs using novel approaches, and supporting activities to evaluate the effects of various stressors such as habitat loss and collisions with wind turbines and other structures on bird populations. Current research projects in my group include developing new tools and procedures to incorporate technologies such as digital microphones and recorders into bird monitoring programs; use of radars to measure patterns of bird and bat migration in relation to threats; using nocturnal flight calls and bat detectors to monitor birds and bats; developing improved statistical methods using Hierarchical Bayes to analyze bird monitoring data; and modeling bird population dynamics using mark-recapture data sets from bird marking programs.

demographic modelling, population monitoring, status assessment

Editor Image Vicki L. Friesen Biology Department, Queen's University, 116 Barrie Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6, Canada Website

Vicki Friesen is a Professor of Biology at Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Vicki's research group studies evolutionary and conservation genetics of vertebrates, primarily seabirds. Her main focus is on mechanisms of speciation: how does one species split and diverge into two? Currently they are using next-generation sequencing protocols to address questions about adaptation, especially with respect to climate. Many of her team's results have implications for conservation, e.g. in defining distinct population segments. She is also actively involved in conservation, e.g. through the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, and the Society for Conservation Biology.

seabird, population genetics, conservation genetics, evolutionary genetic, genomics

Editor Image Gilles Gauthier Université Laval, Canada Website

Gilles Gauthier is professor of animal ecology at the biology department and at the Centre for Northern Studies of Université Laval since 1987. His research is focused on the population biology of birds, primarily waterfowl and birds of prey, and mammals, mainly in the Arctic. He is interested by demographic processes (reproduction, survival, dispersion, recruitment) responsible of change in population abundance and their ecological determinants. He is also interested by the dynamic of the tundra food web, the trophic interactions (herbivory, predation) that control it and how climate warming is impacting these interactions. These questions are addressed through long-term studies of animal populations in the field, mainly at the Bylot Island field station in the Canadian Arctic. Several of his projects address problems of interest for the management of exploited wildlife populations and the conservation of species and ecosystems.

population dynamic, trophic interactions, waterfowl, birds of prey

Editor Image Kathy Martin University of British Columbia, Canada Website

Kathy Martin is a Professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia and a Senior Research Scientist with the Wildlife and Landscape Directorate, Environment Canada. She is a population and community ecologist with a particular interest in the responses of birds to environmental and habitat disturbance in forest and alpine ecosystems. Kathy is currently working on the behavioural and population responses of mountain birds to climate change impacts as well as empirical and theoretical assessments of biodiversity surrogates and indicators for cavity nesting vertebrates experiencing insect outbreaks and forest harvesting in the Americas. She is Past-President of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Bird Studies Canada and other conservation groups.

Alpine bird ecology, Cavity nester community ecology, life history variation, Conservation, Forest Biodiversity

Editor Image R. I. Guy Morrison Environmernt Canada Website

Dr. Morrison recently retired from Environment Canada after 38 years working as a Research Scientist on shorebirds. He remains active with shorebird research and monitoring, especially with aerial surveys in South America. His particular interest is in the conservation of Red Knots; his publications cover shorebird distribution, populations sizes and trends, and arctic ecology and physiology.

Editor Image Erica Nol Trent University, Canada Website

Erica Nol is a Professor of Biology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. Her research focuses on the biology and conservation of arctic and sub-arctic breeding shorebirds in North America as well as anthropogenic factors influencing demography of songbirds in a variety of habitats in Southern Ontario. She is Past-President of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists and currently serving as Vice-President of the Waterbird Society.

shorebird conservation and ecology, land-bird conservation, forests and birds

Editor Image Thomas D. Nudds University of Guelph, Canada Website

Tom Nudds is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario, where he taught and researched wildlife ecology and management between 1981 and 2012, with particular emphases on community and evolutionary ecology of waterfowl and the biogeography of protected areas networks. He was an Associate Editor at the Journal of Wildlife Management and the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, and a founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of Avian Conservation and Ecology. He remains actively engaged in research which encompasses applications of decision analysis and adaptive management (DAAM) to fisheries, forestry and wildlife conservation, and analyses of ecological problems in direct support of DAAM. Past experimental management programs involving birds included species translocations and landscape-scale predator removals. Present research is devoted to retrospective analyses of natural disturbance emulation in boreal forests, with special reference to waterbirds, and the effects of ecological uncertainty on designation and recovery of at-risk species with special reference to grassland birds.

landscape ecology, community ecology, decision analysis, adaptive management

Editor Image John R. Sauer USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USA Website

I participate in a variety of research projects united by the general themes of population ecology, survey design and analysis, geographic and temporal analysis of population change, analysis of count data, geographical ecology, and summary and display of large-scale surveys.

birds, population change, population ecology, surveys.

Editor Image Jean-Pierre L. Savard Environment Canada, Canada Website

Retired in 2012 from Environment Canada. Emeritus Scientist for Environment Canada since 2012. Research interest include urban birds, forest birds and sea ducks.

urban birds, forest birds, sea ducks,

Editor Image Fiona KA Schmiegelow University of Alberta, Renewable Resources Department, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Fiona Schmiegelow is a Professor and Director of the Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences Program, a unique partnership between the University of Alberta and Yukon College. Her general interests are in the areas of wildlife and landscape ecology, with a focus on the effects of land-use policies and practices on northern ecosystems. She leads several collaborative research efforts, including the Boreal Ecosystems Analysis for Conservation Networks (BEACONs) Project and the Boreal Avian Modeling (BAM) Project, both of which involve the compilation and analysis of large data sets spanning boreal regions of Canada and Alaska, and their application to conservation planning in these areas. Schmiegelow is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and serves on several editorial boards, as well as acting as scientific advisor to a number of government and non-government initiatives focused on sustainable land-use and biodiversity conservation.

conservation, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, adaptive management

Editor Image Dave Shutler Acadia University, Canada Website

I'm a professor of Biology and have been at Acadia since 1998. I study reproductive ecology of tree swallows and Leach's storm-petrels, and also do research on honey bee parasites.

reproductive ecology, parasites, stressors

Editor Image Katie E. Sieving University of Florida, USA Website

My current research focuses on landscapes of fear, ecological acoustics, and landscapes of information as they relate to population and community processes. Otherwise I am broadly trained in ecology and conservation biology of forest bird communities.

ecological acoustics, risk perception, Paridae, information use

Editor Image Philip D. Taylor Biology Department, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada; Bird Studies Canada, Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada Website

I am ecologist, interested in the study of animal movement. I completed my PhD in 1993, working with Gray Merriam on the effects of landscape structure on the population dynamics of an Odonate. Since then I have studied animal movement in a variety of taxa, from insects, to mammals and birds. Since about 2000 I have focussed on post-fledging and migratory movements of birds, with a recent emphasis on the use of automated tracking networks for studying regional and continent-wide movements of passerines.

animal movement, telemetry, radar, landscape

Editor Image Wayne E. Thogmartin USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center Website

My career and research interests include advancing a dynamic body of research in landscape and habitat ecology for animals declining in abundance, asking new questions of multiple, combined data sets to gain novel insight into the dynamics of animal populations over space and time, and continuing to publish in peer-reviewed journals, translating science into guidance for practical, applicable management decisions. I am particularly interested in wildlife ecology, population biology of rare species, and population dynamics of birds. I participate on a number of committees and working groups such as the International Scientific Committee of Partners in Flight, USFWS Upper Mississippi River / Great Lakes Region All-bird Joint Venture Technical Committee, and a number of avian conservation working groups relating to rare and imperiled species (e.g., Cerulean Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Henslow's Sparrow).

conservation design and planning, mathematical ecology, population dynamics, species distribution modeling, statistical ecology

Editor Image Arie J. van Noordwijk Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands Website

My interest lies in evolutionary processes and particularly in the border area between genetics and ecology. In this border area there are two main themes: the maintenance of genetic variation for life history traits and the spatial structure of populations. These themes are linked, because the exchange of individuals between areas with different selection regimes is a potent mechanism to maintain genetic variation.

My personal motivation for this research programme is that we know far too little about the processes involved to make any sort of prediction which species (or populations) have the ability to adapt to which changes in environmental conditions and at what maximum rates. Such knowledge is crucial if we want to assess long term effects of human environmental impact. At the moment, we do not even know what one should study if one wants to make predictions for particular cases.

life history, dispersal, inbreeding, heritability, mark-recapture

Editor Image Steven L. Van Wilgenburg Environment & Climate Change Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service Website

Steve's main interest lies in understanding factors limiting populations of migratory birds throughout their annual cycle, with an emphasis on the conservation and management of boreal forest birds. Steve is involved in research and monitoring with an emphasis on the design and implementation of monitoring programs for boreal forest birds, conservation of migratory birds and their habitats at sites used throughout the annual cycle, R&D for tracking migration and monitoring birds, and science to support the recovery of threatened species (e.g. Golden-winged Warbler, Loggerhead Shrike, Rusty Blackbird).

boreal forest, conservation, migration, forestry, acoustic monitoring

Editor Image Marc-André Villard Université de Moncton, Canada Website

Marc-André's research program focuses on processes underlying species response to human activities, mainly at the population level. He is especially interested in landscape-level processes such as dispersal, and ecosystem-level processes influencing the survival of nests and juveniles, as well as recruitment rate. He and his students use approaches ranging from intensive spot mapping surveys and monitoring of banded populations to stable isotope analysis to examine population dynamics under various degrees of habitat loss, fragmentation, or degradation. His research interests also include the behavioural response of individuals to nest predation risk and to various habitat alterations associated with forest management, agriculture, or other human activities.

landscape ecology, habitat fragmentation, population ecology, behaviour, conservation

Editor Image Scott Wilson Environment Canada (Science and Technology Branch)

Scott Wilson is a research scientist with the Wildlife and Landscape Science Division of Environment Canada. His research focuses on population ecology and conservation biology with an emphasis on the mechanisms that limit migratory bird populations throughout the annual cycle. Current studies include the relative roles of climate and density during breeding and non-breeding periods on survival and movement of Neotropical migrants; factors driving emigration of Arctic geese and the consequences for metapopulation dynamics; assessing regional variation in species response to climate using Breeding Bird Survey and Christmas Bird Count data; and the use of integrated population models to assess viability and management scenarios for species at risk.

population ecology, demography, mark-recapture, conservation, population modeling

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