Behavioural Ecology, Conservation

and Sustainable Transitions

Web-page of Miya Warrington, Behavioural Ecologist

I am a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Manitoba with Prof. Jane Waterman on the amazing Cape ground squirrel system. I am also an adjunct professor at the Natural Resource Institute at the University of Manitoba). My main research project is in the South African veld, but I also have ongoing collaborations in Canada and Australia.

My research interests follow several main lines:

1) The evolution of sociality, including how social behaviours may be related to species resiliency to rapid environmental change.

2) Species response to changes in human activity and and the transition to a more sustainable society. In current times, as the environment rapidly changes and humans respond to the climate crisis with sustainable energy technologies (e.g. electric cars, wind farms), the need to rapidly assess the response of species is essential to acting quickly to mitigate negative effects of new technology use, which includes new technology and support structure, as well as changes in human activity.

3) Species response to climate change. There is overwhelming evidence that the ecology of animals are changing in response to human-induced climate change. Animals may respond to environmental changes with alterations in their physical, physiological and behavioural traits, and I am interesting in examining the different methods that animals use to cope (and adapt) to rapid environmental changes.

A little bit about me:

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 then continued my research as a postdoctoral associate with Prof. Nicola Koper at the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba as an assistant professor at St.George's University in Grenada, West Indies; as a collaborator with the Pied Butcherbird project (I have interests in zoomusicology).