Wildlife Biology

Graduate student Troy Pretzlaw tracking mammals in the Yukon

Graduate studies in Wildlife Biology have been conducted from the Macdonald Campus since the late 1960s. From the beginning there has been an emphasis on ecological aspects conducted from remote field locations.

With the establishment of the Avian Science and Conservation Centre and the association with the Ecomuseum of the St. Lawrence Valley Natural History Society on Campus, recent studies have involved captive animals accommodated in excellent holding facilities.

Much of our research has had practical application and is ultimately aimed at conservation of natural resources. Research degrees focus heavily upon a thesis and course requirements are flexible depending on the student's background and interests.

For more information please visit some of the individual professor's web sites:

  • BASU, Niladri.  Environmental toxicology, epidemiology, fish and wildlife as sentinels of human and ecosystem health. 
  • BIRD, David M. (Retired) Avian reproductive physiology, toxicology, genetics, parasitology, behavioural ecology, nutrition, physiology and wildlife management, human-wildlife interactions and communication of science to the public.
  • HEAD, Jessica. Avian ecotoxicology.  Genetic and epigenetic factors underlying avian responses to environmental contaminants.
  • HUMPHRIES, Murray M. Mammal energetics, behaviour, and ecology, especially in relation to hibernation, food and fat storage, and life histories.
  • SOLOMON, Chris Ecology and conservation of aquatic ecosystems and organisms, role of benthic-pelagic-terrestrial coupling in supporting fish and other consumers in lake food webs, and describing the processes that drive ecosystem metabolism and land-lake-atmosphere carbon cycling.

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