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Student captures 2nd place in NSERC - Science, action! competition

Congratulations to M.Sc. candidate Émile Brisson-Curadeau (Supervisor: Prof. Kyle Elliott, NRS) for capturing second place in "NSERC -" Science, action!" competition contest for "La sentinelle des mers".  ABOUT ÉMILE

Published on : 05 Apr 2017

Elena Bennett @Davos

For those of you who missed it, take a few minutes to watch Elena Bennett's presentation @Davos. "By dwelling on the possibility of a dystopian environmental future, we run the risk of making the prediction self-fulfilling. We need more inspirational visions – but which are realistic and believable." Watch on McGillMacCampus Youtube

Published on : 24 Mar 2017

Why guillemot chicks leap from the nest before they can fly

Before they have the wing span to actually permit them to fly, young guillemots (also known as murres) leap hundreds of metres off towering cliffs and flutter down towards the sea, guided by their fathers. Scientists have long wondered why these tiny chicks make this remarkable leap, hoping to avoid the rocks below them, in what seems an unlikely survival strategy for a species.

Published on : 09 Mar 2017

Professor Murray Humphries honoured by Alma Mater

Congratulations to Professor Murray Humphries, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, who on Thursday, January 26, 2017, received the [University of Manitoba] Faculty of Science 2017 Honoured Alumni Award for exceptional achievement in Biological Sciences.

Published on : 26 Jan 2017

The World Outdoors: Researchers flock to drones

Drone technology has been applied in support of bird science for more than a decade now. With the cost of this technology continuing to drop, the use of it is broadening across North America. In the same way that retail, military, and hobby sectors have embraced drones, bird scientists have realized drones can be deployed to do some bird census work and gather data in remote or otherwise inaccessible locations.

Published on : 26 Jan 2017

Lister Family Engaged Science Initiative 3MT Competition

All of the participants in the inaugural Lister Family Engaged Science Initiative 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition are to be congratulated on a job well done! Finalists (left to right) include PhD candidate Salam Habib from the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition ( Second place; Supervisor: L.

Published on : 18 Jan 2017

Bacteria control levels of dangerous pollutant in seabirds

Despite ongoing global pollution, researchers Kyle Elliott (Natural Resource Sciences) and John Elliott (Environment Canada) have discovered that levels of mercury in seabirds off the coast of B.C. have remained relatively stable over the past 50 years. Surprisingly, mercury in seabirds is now actually slightly lower.

Published on : 21 Dec 2016

McGill researchers lead development of tool to assess environmental risks of chemicals

Assessing the risks that toxic chemicals pose to natural ecosystems is a huge challenge, given the thousands of chemicals that require testing. But the task is expected soon to become less daunting, thanks to a new tool being developed by McGill University researchers. 

Published on : 08 Dec 2016

Not so loony: Why the grey jay soared to victory as Canada's would-be national bird

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society recently stunned many Canadians by choosing the grey jay over the common loon as the organization’s candidate to become Canada’s national bird. The announcement was made on Nov. 16, 2016, at the College of Fellows’ Annual Dinner in the Canadian War Museum. Op-ed by David M. Bird, Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology, Montreal Gazette. Read more.    

Published on : 28 Nov 2016

Marianne Falardeau-Côté named Top 30 under 30 in sustainability by Corporate Knights

  Marianne Falardeau-Côté, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences (Supervisor Elena Bennett), "is investigating how climate change is affecting Arctic marine food webs, ecosystem services and the well-being of Inuit communities. Through her research, Marianne hopes to provide knowledge that will help governments sustainably manage ecosystems. Her research was featured in the June 2016 issue of Canadian Geographic". 

Published on : 28 Oct 2016

Brian Driscoll named as Chair of Natural Resource Sciences

Microbiologist Brian Driscoll took over the helm of the Department of Natural Resource Sciences (NRS) on September 1st. Growing up in Dundas, ON, Driscoll discovered his love science and agriculture at a young age, thanks to the influence of two uncles - one an organic chemistry professor and the other an apple grower.  Through stints as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, he discovered that teaching was something he excelled at and enjoyed.

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Published on : 04 Oct 2016

Food security and access to land resources

Margaret A. Gilliam Fellowship recipient June Po is a PhD candidate in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences; June works on food security, focusing on the relationships between food security and women’s access to land resources in dryland Kenya. In early 2015, she returned to the rural communities in Kenya to report her research findings to smallholder farmers. This effort has so far been extremely valuable, as she learned multiple ways of translating research into practice.

Published on : 27 Sep 2016

Professor Jim Fyles appointed as Macdonald's Associate Dean (Student Affairs)

Please join the Mac Community in congratulating Professor Jim Fyles on his new appointment as Macdonald's Associate Dean ( Students Affairs).

Published on : 18 Aug 2016

Professor Chris Buddle appointed as the new Dean of Students of McGill

  Please join the Mac Community in congratulating Professor Chris Buddle on his new appointment as Dean of Students, McGill University. Since 2014, Professor Buddle has served the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences as Associate Dean of Student Affairs. In this role, he oversaw recruitment activities for the Faculty, promoted academic integrity, was a champion of student rights, and worked extensively on supporting the overall wellbeing of the Macdonald Campus community.

Published on : 14 Jul 2016

ALASKA'S SHOREBIRDS EXPOSED TO MERCURY

  Shorebirds breeding in Alaska are being exposed to mercury at levels that could put their populations at risk, according to new research from The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

Published on : 13 Jul 2016