Science can make an important contribution to policy and management of natural resources. I have studied and written about Canadian policy related to fish and wildlife management, prioritizing and funding science, and protected areas planning.
Coristine L, Jacob A, Schuster R, Otto SP, Baron NE, Bennett NJ, Bittck SJ, Dey CJ, et al. 2018. Informing Canada’s commitment to biodiversity conservation: A science-based framework to help guide protected areas designation through Target 1 and beyond. FACETS. 3:532-562
Dey CJ, Hodgson E, Jacob A, Polfus J, Provencher J & Yurkowski D. 2018. Recommendations for the Arctic Policy Framework Review from researchers that work with Canada’s northern communities. Liber Ero Blog
In the media
Read about science gaps in the Canadian Arctic
Read about our suggestions for federal Arctic policy
This work has involved collaboration with many scientists and managers from the Canadian federal government (e.g. Jennifer Provencher, Samuel Iverson, Marten Koops, Jon Midwood), academics (David Yurkowski, Jean Polfus, Emma Hodgson, Sally Otto, Wendy Palen) and environmental NGOs (Aerin Jacob).
Climate Change and Arctic Wildlife
Sea ice is important habitat for many Arctic species. I have conducted field studies in the Canadian Arctic and used long-term datasets to predict the effects of sea ice decline on Arctic wildlife and to help manage wildlife to promote ecosystem resilience.
Dey CJ, Semeniuk CAD, Iverson SA, Richardson E, McGeachy D & Gilchrist HG. 2018. Forecasting the outcome of multiple effects of climate change on northern common eiders. Biological Conservation
Dey CJ, Richardson E, McGeachy D, Gilchrist HG & Semeniuk CAD. 2017. Increasing nest predation will be insufficient to maintain polar bear body condition in the face of sea-ice loss. Global Change Biology
In the media
Read about our field work in Canadian Geographic
Read about eider down in Hakai magazine
This research involves a diverse group of partner including Canadian government scientists and policy experts (Grant Gilchrist, Evan Richardson, Samuel Iverson), academic partners (Christina Semeniuk, Oliver Love, Kyle Elliot, Mark Forbes, Joël Bêty), Inuit partners (the Nunavut Inuit Wildlife Secretariat, Hunters and Trappers Associations in Coral Harbour, Cape Dorset, Kimmirut and Sanikiluaq) and many important funders (Environment and Climate Change Canada, Mitacs, Baffinland, Liber Ero, NSERC, PEW Charitable Trust, Oceans North).
Evolution of Animal Traits
Environments determine how traits influence survival and reproduction. My research investigates why different species have different morphological and behavioural traits, how environmental change influences trait evolution, and how multiple traits co-evolve.
Dey CJ, O’Connor CM, Wilkinson H, Shultz S, Balshine S & Fitzpatrick JL. 2017. Direct benefits and evolutionary transitions to complex societies. Nature Ecology & Evolution
Dale J, Dey CJ, Delhey K, Kempenaers B & Valcu M. 2015. The effects of life-history and social selection on male and female plumage coloration. Nature
In the media
Read about the evolution of bird color in The Economist
Listen to an interview I gave to Radio Canada International
This research involves collaborations with James Dale (Massey University), John Fitzpatrick (Stockholm University), Bart Kempenaers (Max Planck) and Sigal Balshine (McMaster University). It is primarily funded through NSERC and the New Zealand Marsden Fund.
Animals spend much of their time interacting with other members of their species. I have been studying how parental care, sexual behaviour and social competition influence reproduction, survival and evolution in a variety of vertebrate species.
Reddon AR, Dey CJ & Balshine. 2019. Submissive behaviour is mediated by sex, social status, relative body size, and shelter availability in a social fish. Animal Behaviour
Dey CJ, Dale J and Quinn JS. 2014. Manipulating the appearance of a badge of status causes changes in true badge expression. Proceedings of the Royal Society B
In the media
Listen to me talk about social signalling on Quirks and Quarks
Watch a video about my research on avian communication
This research is in collaboration with James Quinn and Sigal Balshine (McMaster University), and Adam Reddon (Liverpool John Moores University). It is primarily funded by NSERC.