Web-page of Miya Warrington, Behavioural Ecologist


I have moved to the UK (Oxfordshire), as of April 2018.

I currently do research in two main locations, in Grenada, West Indies, where I formally worked as an assistant professor, and my home country, Canada (where  I am an adjunct professor at the Natural Resource Institute at the University of Manitoba).

My current research projects focus on ecological and acoustic data collected in the field, although I am increasing the amount of data I collect via remote/ technological methods, especially where it applies to more cryptic/ shy species. My research interests focus on the opportunities at the intersection of behavioural ecology, evolution and conservation. In particular, I am interested in data-intensive exploration of acoustic behaviours, where I can develop tools and approaches that harness the use of technology to monitor the changes in the acoustic signals of target species, as well as entire acoustic communities. This includes examining the variability of acoustic signals and behaviours in response to ecological and evolutionary factors (including anthropogenic effects/climate change), investigating how animals may alter their acoustic behaviours to adapt to rapid changes within their environment (e.g. changes in land-use types) and how this behavioural alteration may affect species robustness and resilience to human impact.

In Grenada, in collaboration with Dr. Nicola Koper at the Natural Resources Institute at the Uniersity of Manitoba, I am examining the behavioural and acoustical differences between the 'black' and the 'yellow' morphs of the bananaquit. We are also examining the densities and distributions of Grenadian birds, focusing on endemic and restricted-range species (Masters student, R. Williams), and morphological and acoustic features in the House Wren (Masters student, K. Wetten).

Above image: Kim Wetten

A little bit about me:

My goal is to use and develop new technologies to gain knowledge and understanding in behavioural ecology- topics including evolution, animal behaviour and communication. I thoroughly believe that seeking new knowledge in these topics will aid conservation efforts throughout the global community, and that this knowledge should be shared with the general public in a way that demonstrated the value of our beautiful animals and ecosystems.

My  research interests encompass several areas of animal behaviour and in particular, I am interested in  animal communication and how this relates to an individuals survival and fitness. I am interested in how animals acquire information and to what level they use it to aid in their survival and reproduction. My current research projects focus on understanding the factors that contribute to individual differences in call structures and patterns in acoustic signals, behavioural plasticity and the role this plays in adaptation to rapid change, such as urbanisation and anthropogenic noise sources.

I received my B.Sc. in Biology specializing in Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. I received my M.S. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Hawaii at Hilo in May 2008, and my Ph.D.  (behavioral ecology) with the Avian Behavioural Ecology Group from Macquarie University in April 2014.

I am a proud academic mother. You will see me with my daughter in the field and at conferences. Please don't be shy! Come and ask my questions/ chat to me; I am quite accustomed to talking/ working and taking care of my daughter. She is an easy going, yet willful at times child, that fortunately like me, thrives on novelty and is easily adaptable to new locations/ travel. She loves being in the field/ outdoors!

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