Entries by Russel MacDonald

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Birds wearing backpacks trace a path to conservation

Samantha Knight, University of Guelph and Ryan Norris, University of Guelph With the arrival of spring, we look forward to the return of hundreds of species of migratory songbirds from their wintering grounds. Sparrows, swallows, warblers and thrushes, among other songbirds, will be returning from their wintering sites anywhere between the southern United States and […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – How the hard work of wild animals benefits us too

Kendra Coulter, Brock University Like other nature lovers and rural residents, I have been marvelling at the many animal courtships and other mating preparations that accompany the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The brilliant-red male cardinals who seek out the best seeds and then tenderly feed their female mates, beak-to-beak. The robins who […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Hope and mourning in the Anthropocene: Understanding ecological grief

Neville Ellis, University of Western Australia and Ashlee Cunsolo, Memorial University of Newfoundland We are living in a time of extraordinary ecological loss. Not only are human actions destabilising the very conditions that sustain life, but it is also increasingly clear that we are pushing the Earth into an entirely new geological era, often described […]

IANAS Food and Nutrition Security

Assuring food and nutrition security is generally regarded as one of the key global challenges for the 21st century. Population growth, climate and environmental change and technology development will all interact to determine how our various nations will assure an adequate food supply to the citizens of the Americas. Equally important will be national agricultural […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Beyond beasts of burden: How to reward our animals for their work

Kendra Coulter, Brock University Animals do a lot for us. So what should we do for them? Dexter, an emotional support peacock, made global headlines recently when United Airlines refused to allow him on a flight. His story is the latest to reanimate the public discussion about the certification and regulation of service animals, and […]

Merritt Turetsky Selected as 2018-19 Leshner Fellow

College Member and University of Guelph Integrative Biology professor Merritt Turetsky has been selected as one of 15 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Leshner Fellows for 2018-19 – the only Canadian chosen this year. Now in its third year, this program is affiliated with the Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Social media full of vitriolic myths in the aftermath of the Stanley trial

Keith Thor Carlson, University of Saskatchewan Social media posts on Facebook and Twitter, and online comments in the days since Gerald Stanley’s acquittal have been saturated with disturbing rants. Many of them are written by Canadians who — from my perspective as a researcher of Indigenous and settler history — are expressing anxiety that the […]

VOICES OF THE COLLEGE – Women’s NGOs are changing the world—and not getting credit for it

Dr. Bipasha Baruah, Western University and Dr. Kate Grantham, McGill University In contemporary global development circles, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are now performing many more roles and activities than they did a few decades ago. NGOs work with governments, community groups and the private sector — to develop and implement programs, monitor and evaluate their progress […]