Colleen St Clair, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences


Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences
(780) 492-9685
B 522 Bio Science - Botany Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
T6G 2E9


Area of Study / Keywords

Behavioural Ecology Conservation Biology Urban Ecology Human-wildlife conflict and coexistence


B.Sc. with Distinction, University of Alberta 1988

M.Sc. with Distinction, University of Canterbury 1990

Ph.D. University of Oklahoma 1995


I'm interested in the interface between Behavioural Ecology and Conservation Biology in the growing discipline of Conservation Behaviour. My students and I try to solve specific problems in wildlife conservation and management by applying behavioural principles and methods, often by understanding or manipulating habitat cues, individual motivation, or animal learning. Research publications are available here and most of these studies address the two main themes below.

Movement Behaviour in Fragmented Habitats. We study how animals move through and select habitat in landscapes that have been altered by humans with an emphasis on features that impede movement (barriers) and facilitate it (corridors). These studies have addressed birds, small mammals, ungulates, and carnivores in urban, rural, and natural areas. Study sites have ranged from local (Edmonton's river valley and the Canadian Rockies), to distant (Costa Rica and India). 

Human-wildlife conflict. A frequent consequence of successful use by wildlife of human-dominated landscapes is conflict with people. We've studied sources of and solutions for HWC in several species of birds and mammals. Avian examples include adaptations by urban birds and waterfowl protection in the oil sands region. Other work has focused on urban-adapting and habituated mammals, including coyotes, cougars, bears, and elk. Current and recent projects include the Edmonton Urban Coyote Project and several other projects described here.


Recent Courses

Biology 367 Conservation Biology

Biol 468 Topics in Conservation Biology

Biology 603 Advanced Ecology


BIOL 468 - Topics in Conservation Biology

Seminar and reading course addressing current topics in conservation biology. Prerequisites: BIOL 367 or REN R 364 or consent of instructor.

Winter Term 2023

BIOL 603 - Advanced Ecology

Designed for new graduate students in environmental biology to foster critical thinking and discussion and to introduce them to issues of experimental design and analysis and different approaches to ecology. The course involves student discussion of papers, lectures by faculty members on their research, seminars by students and a written assignment. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Preference will be given to students in Biological Sciences.

Fall Term 2022

Browse more courses taught by Colleen St Clair