Dr. Ryan Norris

photo by S. Doucet

I’m an ecologist interested in the behaviour, population dynamics, conservation, and evolution of animals in seasonal environments, with a particular emphasis on migratory birds and butterflies. I 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. I was appointed a faculty position in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph in 2006, promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and received a University Research Chair in 2011.

Research in my lab focuses on several theoretical and empirical problems related to the ecology & evolution of migratory animals and resident animals living in highly seasonal environments.  In the field, I am currently conducting studies on the ecology & behaviour of Savannah sparrows on Kent Island, Bay of Fundy, NS, the ecology and population dynamics of Gray Jays in Algonquin Park, ON, and migratory ecology and behaviour of Tree swallows at Long Point Provincial Park, ON and across their breeding range. See the Norris lab research page for details on these topics and more including our work on monarch butterflies, fruit flies, and seabirds.

For a full list of papers and citations see: Ryan’s Google Scholar profile

Guelph Appointments

University Research Chair, 2012-present
Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, 2011-present
Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, 2006-2010

Current Appointments outside Guelph

Co-Editor-In-Chief, Avian Conservation & Ecology
Academic Editor: Ecology Letters
Associate Editor: Canadian Journal of Zoology
Associate Editor: Axios
Scientific Advisory Committee, Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory


Member, College of New Scholars, Artists & Scientists, Royal Society of Canada, 2014-2021
Accelerator Award, NSERC, 2011-2013
Bob Boutilier New Investigator Award, Can. Society Zoologists, 2011
Early Researcher Award, ON Ministry of Research & Innovation, 2008
AOU Young Investigator Award, American Ornithologists Union, 2006

Major Grants

Leading Edge Fund, CFI & MRI (2014)
Discovery Grant, NSERC (2011-2015)
Leaders Opportunity Fund, CFI & MRI (2009)
Strategic Grant, NSERC (2008)
RTI Grants, NSERC (2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013)
Discovery Grant, NSERC (2006-2011)

Courses taught

BIOL*3010 Lab & Field Work in Ecology (Fall term: 2015)
ZOO*4070 Animal Behaviour (Fall term: 2015)

Past Courses: 
BIOL*3010 Lab & Field Work in Ecology (Fall term: 2014)
ZOO*4070 Animal Behaviour (Fall term: 2007-2011, 2014)
ZOO*4070 Ornithology (Fall term: 2009-2011)
ZOO*4410 Field Ecology in Algonquin Park (Summer term: 2007)

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