Ryan Norris

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Research Description

My research focuses on the ecology and conservation of wild animal populations, with an emphasis on threatened or endangered species. We seek to understand the factors that contribute to the decline or promote the persistence of species, as well as the role of protected areas for conserving their long-term viability.

Research Summary

Research in our lab is centered on the conservation of wild animal populations. Most of our research is conducted on birds and butterflies but we have worked on a variety of threatened or endangered taxa. Our field-based research uses a variety of approaches, including observations, experiments, and long-term data. We often combine these approaches with new technologies to track the movements of individuals over a variety of spatial scales. Our lab works in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, where we seek to understand how protected areas can best contribute to conserving biodiversity across Canada.

Techniques Used

a variety of observational and experimental field techniques, stable isotope analysis, miniaturized archival tracking devices, radio telemetry, remote and on-board cameras.

Lab Equipment

Telemetry equipment (receivers, antennae), automated radio telemetry towers, microbalance, camera traps, on-board cameras, portable butterfly cages, flight simulators for insects, a variety of field equipment for birds and butterflies.

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