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Bridget J. Stutchbury

PhD (Yale)
Professor of Biology
Canada Research Chair in Ecology and Conservation Biology


Research Areas: Ecology, population biology, behavioural ecology, conservation biology

Bridget J. Stutchbury

Bridget J. StutchburyMy long term research examines the behavioural ecology and conservation of birds. My recent research has used radiotelemetry to determine the survival of young birds after they leave nest, and is testing how forest fragmentation and logging affects this fledgling survival. We are also using geolocators to track the long distance migration movements of songbirds to understand seasonal carry-over effects and the extent to which breeding populations depend on specific wintering regions.



Imlay, T. I., J. F. Crowley, A. M. Argue, J. C. Steiner, D. R. Norris and B. J. M. Stutchbury. 2010. Survival, dispersal and early migration movements of captive-bred juvenile eastern loggerhead shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus migrans). Biological Conservation 143: 2578-2582.

Stutchbury, B. J. M., E. A. Gow, T. Done, M. MacPherson, J. W. Fox and V. Afanasyev. 2010. Effects of post-breeding moult and energetic condition on timing of songbird migration into the tropics. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. (doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1220)

Moore, L., B. J. M. Stutchbury, D. Burke and K. Elliot. 2010. Effects of forest management on post-fledging survival of the rose-breasted grosbeak. Auk 127: 185-194.

Stutchbury, B. J. M., S. A. Tarof, T. Done, E. Gow, P. M. Kramer, J. Tautin, J. W. Fox, and V. Afanasyev.  2009. Tracking long-distance songbird migration using geolocators. Science 323: 896.

Rush, S. A. and B. J. M. Stutchbury. 2008. Survival of fledgling Hooded Warblers in large and small forest fragments. Auk 125: 183-191.

Gill, S. A., and B. J. M. Stutchbury. In press. Long-term mate and territory fidelity in neotropical buff-breasted wrens (Thryothorus leucotis). Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 

Chiver, I, E. S. Morton, and B. J. M. Stutchbury. In press. Male blue-headed vireos delay territorial defense while on the nest incubating. Animal Behaviour. 

Fedy, B. C. and B. J. M. Stutchbury. 2006. Testosterone does not increase in response to conspecific challenges in the White-bellied Antbird (Myrmeciza longipes), a resident tropical passerine. Auk 123: 61-66. 

Stutchbury, B. J. M., T. E. Pitcher, D. R. Norris, E. M. Tuttle, and R. A. Gonsar. 2005. Does male extra-territory foray effort affect within and extra-pair fertilization success in Hooded Warblers. Journal of Avian Biology 36:471-477. 

Woolfenden, B. E., B. J. M. Stutchbury, and E. S. Morton. 2005. Extra-pair fertilizations in the Acadian Flycatcher: males obtain EPFs with distant females. Animal Behavior 69:921-929.  

Fraser, G. and B.J. M. Stutchbury. 2004. Area-sensitive birds move extensively among forest patches. Biological Conservation 118: 377-387.