Editors in Chief
Alexander L. Bond
Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, UK
Broadly speaking, I’m a conservation biologist, with a focus on birds on islands and in the marine environment, and the effects of pollution on ecosystems. My main focus is the effect of invasive species on island fauna, threats to seabirds at-sea, and pollution, mainly plastics and trace elements. As the curator in charge of the Natural History Museum’s ca. 1 million bird specimens, I also examine and facilitate studies of avian traits, distributions, systematics, taxonomy, and historical ecology. I’m also the co-lead of the Adrift Lab, based at the University of Tasmania (https://adriftlab.org/)
seabirds, conservation, invasive species, islands, pollution
Judit K Szabo
Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
Judit Szabo is a conservation biologist and ornithologist, with a Master’s degree in Ecology and a PhD in Ecotoxicology on the effects of pesticides on Australian birds. During her academic career she has studied optimal monitoring of birds, including threatened species. She contributed to the Red List assessment to determine the threat of extinction of all Australian bird species and subspecies and co-authored the Action Plan for Australian Birds in 2011. She worked outside academia for the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway, as well as on policy capacity building of non-governmental organisations in Africa and Asia. Recently, she has been working in Brazil with volunteer-collected datasets to unravel patterns and trends in bird distributions.
citizen-science data, conservation, migratory birds, monitoring
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Nicholas J BaylySELVA: Investigación para la Conservación en el Neotropico
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.
Themes: migration ecology, conservation, habitat quality, Neotropical biodiversity, molt
Erin BayneDepartment of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E9 Canada
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.
Themes: population dynamics, biodiversity monitoring, avian conservation, density estimation, scenario modelling
Erik BlombergUniversity of Maine, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology
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.
Themes: grouse, woodcock, capture-mark-recapture, population modelling, radio-telemetry,
Kevin R BurgioDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut
I am a research scientist with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut and adjunct professor at Hunter College. I am broadly interested in the processes that form and limit where species are distributed. I use an integrative approach to examine historical ecology, community assembly, biogeography, biodiversity patterns, the effects of climate change on communities, and extinction. My goal is to help bridge the divide between ecological theory and on-the-ground conservation to make the best possible decisions for both today and the future.
Themes: community ecology, species distribution modelling, biodiversity, extinction, biogeography, historical ecology, urban ecology, parrots, passerines
Andrew J. CampomizziBird Ecology and Conservation Ontario; Trent University
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.
Themes: conservation, demography, habitat selection, study design
Sergio A. Cabrera CruzInsituto de Ecología A.C. (INECOL)
I am an associate researcher at Instituto de Ecología A.C. (INECOL) in Mexico. My interests range from describing the basic patterns of bird migration through Mexico and other Neotropical areas, to evaluating the impact that anthropogenic factors and activities have on migratory birds, both on the ground and aloft in the aerial habitat.
Themes: aeroecology, anthropogenic impacts, environmental impacts, migration ecology, radar
André A. DhondtCornell University, USA
André’s research is diverse. He is a population and behavioral ecologist who became a disease ecologist after he started a study on the interactions between the bacterium Mycoplasma gallisepticum and house finches. He his still very interested in interspecific competition.
Themes: disease ecology, population ecology, behavioral ecology, citizen science
Pierre DrapeauUniversité du Québec à Montréal, Canada
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.
Themes: Habitat alteration, population and community ecology, changing landscapes, habitat selection, deadwood ecology, conservation targets
Brad FedyUniversity of Waterloo
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.
Themes: landscape genetics, habitat selection, population trends, Tetraoninae
Auriel M.V. FournierIllinois Natural History Survey, University of Illinois
Auriel is the Director of Forbes Biological Station, a part of the Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois. She is a wetland bird ecologist who’s work focuses on the management of wetlands, as well as using structured decision making to tackle natural resource conservation problems.
Themes: wetlands, migration, rallidae
Charles M. FrancisCanadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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.
Themes: demographic modelling, population monitoring, status assessment
Cat HorswillZSL Institute of Zoology
Cat Horswill is a Research Fellow at the ZSL Institute of Zoology and University College London. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Her research investigates the links between environmental variation, demography and population dynamics. Her research predominantly focuses on the ecology of seabirds, although she also works on other marine top predators and terrestrial birds. Her research uses statistical methods to analyse behavioural, demographic and population data.
Themes: Demography, Population dynamics, Quantitative analysis, Seabirds
Kevin KardynalWildlife Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Kevin is a Wildlife Research Biologist with the Wildlife Research Division of Environment & Climate Change Canada and is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His research focuses on understanding stressors influencing wildlife populations, particularly birds, migratory connectivity using state of the art techniques including geolocation, transmitters and stable isotopes, cross-ecosystem nutrient subsidies, contaminants and full annual cycle conservation. His work occurs across multiple ecosystems including the boreal forest, prairies, marine and Neotropical and sub-tropical regions. Currently, his work focuses on understanding aerial insectivore declines, boreal bird dynamics and international conservation.
Themes: stable isotopes, migratory connectivity, aerial insectivore, boreal forest, wetlands, Neotropics
Nicola KoperNatural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba
Jennifer L LaversUniversity of Tasmania
My research areas encompass the direct and indirect effects of chemical and physical pollution, especially plastics, on wildlife and habitats in the Southern Hemisphere. Particular interest in sub-lethal effects, quantifying population-level impacts, developing robust methods to ensure data are collected in a systematic and repeatable manner, and identification of mitigation techniques that minimise harm to ecosystems or reduce/eliminate waste production. Strong believer that tackling the big questions in science requires collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches that engage the wider community.
Elizabeth MasdenNorth Highland College, University of the Highlands and Islands
My current research focuses on i) the potential ornithological impacts of human activities such as marine renewable energy developments as well as oil and gas extraction on the environment, and ii) the impacts of marine litter on seabirds. I also have an interest in cumulative impacts but more generally I am interested in population dynamics and spatial ecology including animal movement.
Nicole MichelNational Audubon Society
Nicole is Director of Quantitative Science with the National Audubon Society. Her primary research focus is developing large-scale modeling efforts to understand trends and spatial patterns in bird abundance, occupancy, and occurrence; and delineate climate and habitat relationships. Her work also involves developing metrics to evaluate and quantify population- and community-level responses to conservation and management actions. Nicole’s goal is to harness quantitative tools to inform, advance, and refine bird conservation and management.
Themes: quantitative ecology; modeling; conservation; metrics; bird-habitat relationships; climate; population trends; abundance; occupancy; data integration;
Greg MitchellEnvironment and Climate Change Canada, Wildlife Research Division / Carleton University, Department of Biology, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
I am a research scientist with the Wildlife Research Division at Environment and Climate Change Canada and I am a adjunct professor in the Biology Department at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. My research program broadly focuses on understanding the drivers of population declines in migratory birds and Species at Risk that live in or move through human dominated ecosystems across southern Canada. More specifically, my research program currently focuses on 1) how landscape composition and configuration influences avian diversity in agro-ecosystems, 2) post-fledging/breeding survival, movement, and habitat associations, and 3) identifying high-quality stopover habitat for migrant land birds. I use a variety of tools and approaches that span the fields of movement ecology, conservation physiology, population ecology, and community ecology.
Themes: movement ecology, landscape ecology, conservation physiology, migration, stopover, habitat selection
Erica NolDepartment of Biology, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
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.
Themes: shorebird conservation and ecology, land-bird conservation, forests and birds
Gregory J. RobertsonWildlife Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
John R. SauerUSGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USA
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.
Themes: birds, population change, population ecology, surveys.
Jean-Pierre L. SavardEnvironment Canada, Canada
Retired in 2012 from Environment Canada. Emeritus Scientist for Environment Canada since 2012. Research interest include urban birds, forest birds and sea ducks.
Themes: urban birds, forest birds, sea ducks,
Sampath S. SeneviratneDepartment of Zoology & Environment Sciences, University of Colombo
I am a research scientist, a university teacher and a birder. My research interests are rooted in the studies of island biogeography, causes of endemicity and the evolution of novel traits. My approach uses both field- and laboratory-based research grounded in a strong conceptual framework to address processes underlying trait divergence and species (trait) boundaries – mainly in birds. Sri Lanka, where most of my field sites are located, in particular offers a great assortment of species assemblages to study critical questions related to speciation in island biogeographic framework.
Themes: Avian Biology, Evolutionary Ecology, Endemicity, Island Biogeography, Migration Ecology, Central Asian Flyway, Species Descriptions, Bird Taxonomy, Sexual Selection
Dave ShutlerAcadia University, Canada
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.
Themes: reproductive ecology, parasites, stressors
Paul A. SmithEnvironment and Climate Change Canada, Science and Technology Branch
Scott A TaylorUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Scott Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Research in his lab is focused on using natural hybrid zones and recent radiations to understand the genetic bases of traits involved in reproductive isolation, population divergence, and speciation, and the impacts of anthropogenic change, including climate change, on species distributions, interactions, and evolution. He and his lab are fascinated by natural history and the intersections between art and science, and are committed to doing their part to increase diversity and make our community inclusive and supportive.
Themes: hybridization, speciation, genomics, natural history
Philip D. TaylorDepartment of Biology, Acadia University, 33 Westwood Ave, Wolfville, NS, Canada, B4P 2R6
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.
Themes: animal movement, telemetry, radar, landscape
Wayne E. ThogmartinU.S. Geological Survey, WI.
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).
Themes: conservation design and planning, mathematical ecology, population dynamics, species distribution modeling, statistical ecology
Junior A. TremblayWildlife Research Division, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Quebec
My research program aims to understand the potential impact of natural and anthropogenic disturbances and climate change on habitat selection and demographic parameters of boreal forest birds in an annual life history context, with a particular interest in species at risk. Mon programme de recherche vise à comprendre l’impact potentiel des perturbations naturelles et anthropiques et des changements climatiques sur la sélection de l’habitat et les paramètres démographiques des oiseaux de la forêt boréale dans un contexte de cycle vital annuel, avec un intérêt particulier aux espèces en péril.
Themes: boreal forest, natural disturbances, forest management, climate change, breeding ecology
Marc-André VillardDepartment of Biology, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada E4L 1G7
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.
Themes: landscape ecology, habitat fragmentation, population ecology, behaviour, conservation
Steven L. Van WilgenburgEnvironment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service
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 including 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.
Themes: boreal forest, conservation, migration, forestry, acoustic monitoring
Michael B. WunderUniversity of Colorado Denver
My research interests are focused on the ecological, behavioral, and evolutionary dynamics of migratory animal populations, and how those are related to demographics and decision making for management and conservation.
Themes: stable isotope ecology, migration, demographic models, survival models, mark-recapture, hierarchical models, occupancy models, abundance estimation
Ding Li YongBirdLife International
I conducted my doctoral research on woodland ecology and conservation planning at the Australian National University in Canberra. Prior to this, I have worked widely in tropical Asia, including in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. I am currently at BirdLife International where i coordinate projects on migratory species conservation and conservation policy in Asia. I am especially interested bird assemblages in tropical forest fragments, migration ecology of Asian landbirds, systematic conservation planning, and the interface of conservation science and policy-making.
Themes: tropical forest fragments, Asian migratory landbirds, coastal wetland ecology, wildlife trade