Movement Ecology of Animals

Homepage of Dr. Emily A. McKinnon

Contact information & bio

Bird Biologist in forest (Wye Marsh, ON)


emilymckinnon12 AT

emily.mckinnon AT

@BirdBiologist (Twitter)

204-272-1581 (office)

Office @ UManitoba: 246 Migizii Agamik (Bald Eagle Lodge)


I am a biologist and science educator, broadly interested behavioural ecology, conservation, and promoting science literacy. I am also very interested in de-colonizing science and science education, and the concept of two-eyed seeing in science.

My field-based research focused on answering questions about how, when, where, and why animals move, and ultimately how animal movements, from migration to nomadism, impact fitness. My main study organisms were long-distance migratory songbirds, arguably some of the most fascinating ‘movers’ on the planet! Unfortunately, many migrants are disappearing, and part of my work involved 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 did a 2.5 year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Windsor, working with Dr. Oliver Love and locally through a Mitacs grant with Bird Studies Canada’s Christian Artuso. I also collaborated with Dr. François Vézina and his Masters student Marie-Pier LaPlante from Université du Québec à Rimouski. We studied nomadic winter movements of Snow Buntings in southern Ontario. I also did a side project during my postdoc on long-distance migrations of Connecticut Warblers from Manitoba.

Recently (2018) I accepted a position as an Instructor and Science Education Specialist with the University of Manitoba Access Program, which helps support students who traditionally face barriers to success in post-secondary programs. I am teaching (biology and introductory statistics) and designing student supports for Access students, most of whom are Indigenous. I get the honour of working in arguably the most beautiful building on campus, Migizii Agamik, the Bald Eagle lodge.

I am originally 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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