The Centre for Wildlife Ecology is a collaboration between Simon Fraser University and Environment Canada. Its mission is:
- to foster high quality, graduate training and research
- to conduct basic and applied research in wildlife ecology
- to provide knowledge and personnel that will help Environment Canada and other agencies meet the challenges of conservation in the 21st century.
NEWS from the CWE
CWE research on shorebirds is featured in the "State of Birds 2016" report recently released by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative. This first-ever conservation vulnerability assessment for all native bird species in Canada, the US, and Mexico, has been garnering media attention about the urgent conservation measures needed to save more than a third of all North American avian species.
A new paper in the Auk by CWE PhD student Allison Cornell and Tony Williams investigates double-brooding by European Starlings as related to female quality and laying date. They found no relationship between propensity for double brooding and laying date, and that, despite a low survival rate for second broods, females did not appear to suffer any fitness consequences from second brood attempts.
Mating behaviour of male Ruff sandpipers is controlled by a "super gene". Dov Lank and colleagues have just published a paper in Nature Genetics demonstrating that 3 divergent mating behaviour morphs of male Ruffs are controlled by a chromosomal inversion. The work has been featured in the Washington Post, Nature News and on CBC's As It Happens.
A paper by Cailin Xu and other CWE researchers has just appeared in Population Ecology. Using survey data for Pacific and Atlantic subspecies of dunlins from Christmas bird counts, they investigated the influences of density-dependence, falcon numbers, environmental conditions during breeding, migration and non-breeding periods, and large-scale meteorological measures.