Dr. Ryan Norris is an ecologist that conducts research in behaviour, population dynamics, conservation, and evolution of animals in seasonal environments, with a particular emphasis on migratory birds and butterflies. His research employs elements of both a strong empirical and conceptual approach. Dr. Norris’ highly productive lab is consistently in top notched journals and garners considerable media coverage including frequent appearances on CBC’s Quirks and Quarks. Dr. Norris’ lab uses these population level studies to understand and mitigate against the loss of key migratory species in a seasonal environment. Given that climate change is likely to fundamentally alter seasonality, his research program plays a key role in BiRN’s interest to understand and mitigate against the loss of iconic species like the Monarch butterfly.

Before arriving at the University of Guelph in 2006, Dr. Norris obtained a MSc from York University in 2000, a PhD from Queen’s University in 2004 and was an NSERC-Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Forest Sciences at the University of British Columbia from 2004-2006. Since arriving he has received numerous awards for his successful research program including a University Research Chair in 2011 and being elected into the prestigious College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

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