Web-page of Miya Warrington, Behavioural Ecologist

I live in the UK (Oxfordshire). I currently have ongoing collaborative research in Australia, and Canada, where I am an adjunct professor at the Natural Resource Institute at the University of Manitoba).

My research interests primarily focus on the opportunities at the intersection of behavioural ecology and conservation. In particular, I have been developing acoustic tools and approaches that harness the use of technology to monitor the changes in avian habitat selection, breeding behaviours, and social interactions of target species, including restricted-range, endemic and vulnerable species. This includes examining the variability of acoustic signals and behaviours in response to ecological and evolutionary factors (including anthropogenic effects/climate change, as well as longer-term ecological variables such as social systems and ecological stability), 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.

I currently have two primary veins of research, one focusing on using acoustic communication behaviours and signals for the purposes of species biodiversity monitoring and conservation (Grenada, West Indies), and the other examining song complexity and the evolution of musicality in a non-human avian species (Pied Butcherbird in AliceSprings, Australia in collaboration with Dr. Hollis Taylor), as well as exploring how humans relate and connect to nature through birdsong.

NEW Project: I am collaborating with C19-WILD to examine the effect of Covid-19 lock-down travel restrictions on avian species in the United Kingdom.

Above image: Kim Wetten.

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 have been collaborating with Nicola Koper at the Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba since 2014, including whilst I was an assistant professor at St.George's University in Grenada, West Indies (2015-2017). I spent a year in Canada in 2017, whilst volunteering for the Vancouver Island University Bird banding station, and moved to the UK in March 2018.