How Long Term, Multi-Disciplinary Research Has Contributed to the Conservation of Seabirds in a Changing Arctic
- Date: Friday, February 11, 2022 - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Each year the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies in the School for the Study of Canada organizes a series of public talks on the “north” broadly defined. Building on Trent’s established role as a centre of innovation on northern research (and in combination with the Roberta Bondar Fellowship in Northern Studies) these lectures are a key feature of academic life at Trent.
North at Trent 2021-2022 Lecture Series
We are pleased to present our first lecture of this year's series on February 11, 2022, presented in conjunction with BIOL 3380H “Advanced Ecology ” instructors Dr. Erica Nol and Dr. Graham Raby.
How Long Term, Multi-Disciplinary Research has Contributed to the Conservation of Seabirds in a Changing Arctic
Grant Gilchrist is a Research Scientist at the National Wildlife Research Centre in Ottawa (Environment and Climate Change Canada) and currently an adjunct professor at Carleton University, McGill University, and the University of Windsor. Early in his career he was inspired by several long-term ecological studies led by Jamie Smith (song sparrows, University of British Columbia), Tony Gaston (seabirds, Environment Canada), Erica Nol (shorebirds, Trent University), and Ian Stirling (Polar Bears, Environment Canada). These studies not only quantified environmental change over time, but also the often complex responses of wildlife to these changes. These rare studies were instrumental when detecting ecological change driven by extreme weather events, diet shifts, the emergence of diseases, and climate change; all issues that might otherwise have gone undetected.
After joining Environment Canada in 1995, Grant worked to emulate these studies when designing his own research program to address Federal priorities to conserve Arctic birds and ecosystems. He has led multidisciplinary, collaborative research programs to study the underlying processes of Arctic seabird ecology. These include foraging behaviour, reproduction, migration, winter distribution, and how seabirds are affected by changing climate and emerging diseases in the north. Most studies are very collaborative in nature; linking academia, government, industry, and Indigenous organizations.
Friday February 11, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. This talk is open to the public via zoom - all are welcome.
Registration is required.
Posted on January 25, 2022