Julia (Rosalyn) Kilgour

photo of Julia Kilgour
Graduate Student, PhD
SSC 2442
Norris Lab

I am a PhD candidate, co-supervised with Dr. Ryan Norris and Dr. Andrew McAdam. For my Doctoral thesis, I’m studying the evolution of aggression, using fruit flies as a model system. I’m interested in how inter-individual differences in phenotypes influence social interactions and ultimately, group dynamics and evolution.

Before I started my PhD, I worked as a wildlife biologist with the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL. In that position, I coordinated a range of projects, including estimating free roaming cat populations in New York City, examining the effects of translocation on nuisance woodchucks, exploring urban bat populations using non-invasive techniques as well as quantifying tree cavity abundance across urban landscapes.

I completed my MSc at the University of Regina with Dr. Mark Brigham. My research focused on the influence of the social environment on behaviour in female big brown bats. I also had the opportunity to explore social preferences in big brown bats, a long-lived and highly social species.

My interest in animal behaviour began during my undergraduate years, at the University of Toronto. I completely two honours theses, one examining the impacts of the American marten on red-backed vole populations (with Marie-Josee Fortin), and another studying multimodal communication in brook stickleback (with Deborah McLennan). I also had the privilege of studying wildlife in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in taking a semester abroad with the Canadian Field Studies in Africa program through McGill University.

  • BSc-University of Toronto (2005)
  • MSc-University of Regina (2010)
  • Kilgour, R.J., Magle, S.B., Slater, M., Christian, A., Weiss, E., DiTullio, M. 2016. Estimating free-roaming cat populations and the effects of one year Trap-Neuter-Return management effort in a highly urban area. Urban Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1007/s11252-016-0583-8.
  • Lamontagne, J.L., Kilgour, R.J., Holden, E., Magle, S.B. 2015. Tree cavity availability across forest, park, and residential habitats in a highly urban area. Urban Ecosystems.18: 151-167.
  • Kilgour, R.J., Faure, P.A., Brigham, R.M. 2013. Evidence of social preferences in big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus). Canadian Journal of Zoology, 91: 756-760.
  • Kilgour, R.J., Brigham, R.M. 2013. The relationships between behavioural categories and social influences in the gregarious big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus). Ethology, 119: 189-198.