Movement Ecology of Animals

Homepage of Dr. Emily A. McKinnon

Contact information & bio

Bird Biologist in forest (Wye Marsh, ON)


emilymckinnon12 AT (preferred)

emily.mckinnon AT

e.mckinnon AT

emilymck AT

@BirdBiologist (Twitter)

204-218-9057 (cell; Manitoba number)

Office @ UManitoba: temporarily in Dr. K. Blaschuk’s office, BSB 420

Office @ UWinnipeg: temporarily in Dr. S. Good’s office, 2RC54


I am a biologist broadly interested movement ecology and conservation. My field-based research focuses on answering important questions about how, when, where, and why animals move, and ultimately how animal movements, from migration to nomadism, impact fitness. My main study organisms have been long-distance migratory songbirds, arguably some of the most fascinating ‘movers’ on the planet! Unfortunately, many migrants are disappearing, and part of my work involves figuring out where they go and why so that we can conserve habitat for them year-round.

I completed my Masters of Science under supervision of Dr. Tony Diamond at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB (2010), where I studied a rare migratory species that nests in ‘industrial’ forestlands. For my PhD (2014), I moved to the big city of Toronto, and worked with renowned behavioural ecologist Dr. Bridget Stutchbury at York University. My work with Bridget involved tracking movements of another migratory songbird, the Wood Thrush, but from their Tropical overwintering sites in Belize, Central America.

I am currently wearing at least two hats: As a Research Affiliate in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba, I participate in Departmental events, help mentor students (especially in the, and also teach courses (BIOL1020, BIOL1010, NRI 7350). I also teach occasionally at the University of Winnipeg (BIOL1116) in the Department of Biology. I am also a distance Mitacs postdoctoral fellow at the University of Windsor, working with Dr. Oliver Love and locally with Bird Studies Canada’s Christian Artuso. We are studying nomadic winter movements of Snow Buntings in southern Ontario and long-distance migrations of boreal songbirds in Manitoba.

I am from a small town outside Windsor (LaSalle) in southern Ontario, but I currently live Winnipeg, Manitoba, with my spouse and two kids.




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