Centre for Wildlife Ecology
Contacts and Credits
(about our logo)
If you are interested in graduate studies at the CWE, click here.  
Mailing address:

Centre for Wildlife Ecology
Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC
CANADA V5A 1S6

Phone and FAX:

Ron Ydenberg, Director 778-782-4282
Kathryn Coukell, Administrative Asst. 778-782-5958
Connie Smith, Research Technician 778-782-5618
FAX 778-782-3496

Name Position e-mail Areas of Interest
Dr. Ron Ydenberg Director ydenberg@sfu.ca General information on research activities and graduate studies. Behavioral ecology, with special emphasis on foraging, parental investment and life history research.
Dr. David Green Associate Director david_green@sfu.ca Avian ecology with research interests in the demography and genetics of bird populations. Dispersal, migration and wintering ecology of American Dippers in the Fraser River Valley.
Dr. Tony Williams Professor tdwillia@sfu.ca Avian ecological physiology in several diverse taxa of birds. Several of his students focus on ecotoxicology.
Dr. David Lank Research Associate dlank@sfu.ca Coordinates and directs the Marbled Murrelet Research Project and the Western Sandpiper Research Network.
Dr. Mark Hipfner Research Associate Mark.Hipfner@ec.gc.ca Scientific director of our long-term study of ecology and demography of seabirds at the Triangle Island Seabird Research Station.
Dr. Dan Esler Research Associate desler@sfu.ca Directs several applied ecology research projects addressing seaducks (and other waterbirds), their habitats, and population-level responses to environmental change
Ms. Connie Smith Research Technician constans@sfu.ca If you are interesting in working or volunteering at the CWE, Connie can assist you. She is also well informed about our ongoing research projects.
Ms. Kathryn Coukell Administrative Assistant cweadmin@sfu.ca For general information about the CWE, and questions about financial matters, contact Kathryn.
Website Credits

The current website for the CWE was designed and put together by Connie Smith, based on an earlier site created by Lesley Evans Ogden in 2001, and modified by Miki Klein in 2003. Many of the researchers and graduate students of the CWE created their own personal or project pages. Most of the photographs used on the site were contributed by researchers and volunteers who have worked at the CWE over the years, including Laura McFarlane Tranquilla, Glenn Keddie, Lynn and Cecilia Lougheed, Martin Grimm, Gwylim Blackburn, Rob Butler, Dana Seaman, Guillermo Fernandez, Lori Barjaktarovic, Doug Bertram, Mark Drever, Sean Boyd, Carina Gjerdrum, K. Lansley, Moira Lemon, John Ryder, H. Penner, J.F. Savard and S. Shisko. We apologize if we have left anyone out!

We also are endebted to several photographers from outside the CWE who have kindly allowed us to use their photographs of birds to add visual appeal to our website: Shiway Wang, for her incredibly cute Cassin's Auklet chick that graces the "People" button on our home page, and for several Common Murre shots; Ron LeValley for his photo of a Rhinoceros Auklet on the water; George Jameson for the Western Sandpiper "Publications" button and the Buffleheads; Don DesJardin for Surf Scoter, Western Sandpiper, and the Pigeon Guillemot on the "Projects" button; Jim Stasz and Bill Hill for Harlequin Duck shots; Jeff Spendelow for Barrow's Goldeneye; Peter Weber for the hungry American Dipper chick (www.wildbirdphotos.com) and Dennis Paulson for his picture of a Black Oystercatcher. ALL OF THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE COPYRIGHTED!

If you have questions, comments or complaints about the website please contact Connie Smith.

About Our Logo

Our logo is based on a rubbing of petroglyphs, made at Chrome Island, British Columbia, by Dr. Mike Smith, Chair of Biological Sciences at SFU (1997 - 1999). Elizabeth Carefoot of Instructional Media Service at SFU composed the logo as shown here. We acknowledge especially the unknown native artist who created these whimsical images for succeeding generations to enjoy. These portrayals of seabirds are not only appropriate symbols for the mission of the CWE, but they also aesthetically convey the pleasure and delight of watching and working with these birds and other creatures. Like the original artist, our aim is make sure that succeeding generations will be able to experience these pleasures.