I am an animal behavioural conservation ecologist. I study the behaviour of animals in their natural environments to develop a greater understanding of how to effectively conserve them. From tracking birds throughout their annual migrations by using innovative tracking technologies, to running through or sitting in thick vegetation to observe interesting animal behaviours, or setting up trail camera traps to find elusive animals, you can usually find me traversing the world in search of its amazing flora and fauna.
Bird populations are declining around the world. Birds struggle to survive due to habitat destruction, predation pressures from native and non-native species, pesticides, and human made structures. Birds have been forced to adapt to survive. My research examines ecological patterns and processes at diverse scales by quantifying how animals use, move and respond to human altered landscapes and the impact of non-native species (i.e., unsupervised cats) on wildlife populations.
I have 3 main research focuses: 1. Seasonal interactions, movements and life history strategies of migrants
2. Cooperation, competition, and inclusive fitness of animals
3. Developing optimal management strategies that improve the welfare of cats and birds
Please check out the projects section to learn more.
I am always open for potential collaborations, please contact me if you are interested.
I have 4 recently published papers:
Knight SM, DW Bradley, RG Clark, EA Gow, M Bélisle, L Berzins, T Blake, ES Bridge, RD Dawson, PO Dunn, D Garant, G Holroyd, AG Horn, DJT Hussell, O Lansdorp, AJ Laughlin, ML Leonard, F Pelletier, D Shutler, L Siefferman, C Taylor, H Trefry, CM Vleck, D Vleck, DW Winkler, LA Whittingham, DR Norris. 2018. Constructing and evaluating a continent-wide migratory songbird network across the annual cycle. Ecological Monographs 88:445–460
Reid JM, G Bocedi, P Nietlisbach, AB Duthie, ME Wolak, EA Gow, P Arcese. 2016. Variation in parent-offspring kinship in socially monogamous systems with extra-pair reproduction and inbreeding. Evolution 70:1512–19 DOI: 10.1111/evo.12953
Gow EA. 2015. Analyzing geolocator data for birds that roost in cavities year-round. Journal of Field Ornithology 87:74–83 DOI: 10.1111/jofo.12130
Gow EA, & KL Wiebe. 2015. Nest sanitation in response to short-and long-term manipulations of brood size: males clean more in a sex-role reversed species. Animal Behaviour 104:137–143 doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.03.2014