Ecology

With its focus on the interrelations between organisms and their environment, ecology is a growing and multidisciplinary science that draws on many other fields, including geology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Our faculty work in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems on a broad range of ecological topics, including physiological responses of organisms to changing environmental conditions, the structure and dynamics of populations and communities, as well as ecosystems processes. We apply our research to a number of pressing societal issues, including wildlife and habitat conservation, ecosystem restoration, management of invasive species, and climate change. Our scientific contributions extend well beyond Ontario and address issues of regional, national, and international importance.

Our faculty help to manage a number of state of the art research facilities, including the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station, the Hagen Aqualab, and the University of Guelph Phytotron. Many of our faculty and students conduct field studies in temperate, boreal, and arctic settings to tackle novel ecological questions.

Faculty in Ecology include:

  • Josef Ackerman - Physical Ecology, Aquatic Science, Benthic Ecology
  • Karl Cottenie - Community Ecology, Metacommunity Dynamics, Freshwater Ecosystems, Biostatistics, Synthesis
  • Steve Crawford - Great Lakes Fish Ecology, Science in Natural Resource Management, Indigenous-Western Science Knowledge Systems
  • John Fryxell - Mammalian Ecology, Foraging Behaviour, Population Dynamics, Modelling, Terrestrial
  • Doug Larson - Tundra, Ancient Woodlands, Ecology, Conservation Ecology, Wood Identification
  • Andrew MacDougall - Plant Community Ecology, Population Ecology, Global Environmental Change, Conservation Biology)
  • Hafiz Maherali - Evolutionary Physiology, Comparative Plant Ecology, Functional Ecology, Global Change Biology
  • Kevin McCann - Food web Ecology, Ecosystem/Community Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, Theortical Ecology, Fisheries
  • Robert McLaughlin - Behavioural Ecology, Fisheries Management
  • Steve Newmaster - Plant Biodiversity, First Nation Plant Use, Mosses and Fungi
  • Ryan Norris - Population and Behavioural Ecology, Migration, Avian Ecology, Stable Isotopes
  • Thomas Nudds - Avian Ecology, Community Ecology, Landscape Ecology, Conservation Biology
  • M. Alex Smith - Biodiversity, Molecular Ecology, DNA barcoding
  • Beren Robinson - Adaptive Evolution, Ecology of Natural Selection
  • Vernon Thomas - Conservation-Management-Policy-Wildlife
  • Merritt Turetsky - Ecosystem Ecology, Northern Ecosystem Ecology, Climate Change