Macroecology and Conservation



Our work focuses on research and discovery at the interface of macroecology, conservation, and global change. It starts with discovery but is about more than that - we are looking for ways to use discovery to make a difference to problems that concern us. These include conservation of biological diversity during the current period of rapid human-induced climate change and habitat loss, and improved predictions of vector borne disease risk. Our research addresses ecological and conservation processes across landscapes, regions, and continents. We are especially active in Canada and Tanzania.

We are very active in public science and the science-policy interface in Canada and internationally through leadership in scientific societies, like the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE), the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering, and international academies, like the Global Young Academy (GYA). I serve as an editor for Global Ecology and Biogeography, Ecography, Evolutionary Ecology Research, Axios Reviews, and Ideas in Ecology and Evolution. Until 2014, I served on the Evaluation Group for Ecology and Evolution and continue to serve NSERC and the science community on the advisory group to improve NSERC’s Common CV.


Welcome to the Kerr Lab page

Professor Jeremy Kerr

Canadian Facility for
Ecoinformatics Research (CFER)

Biology, uOttawa

News from CFER

Our report to Science was published, examining how 67 bumblebee species have responded to changing environmental conditions across Europe and North America. There is a distinct and critical role for climate change in these trends, but pesticides (and neonicotinoids), pathogens, and habitat loss harm bees also. We have seen global media coverage (TV, print, radio, online, twittersphere, etc.). New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, LA Times, Independent, NBC, CBS, USA Today, NPR, CBC Radio and The National, CTV National News, many local radio broadcasts across Canada and the United States, Ottawa Citizen, El Pais, Le Monde, German Public Radio, Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung, Kyodo News, Le Devoir, La Presse, and many other outlets covered the work. We are grateful to colleagues internationally who made insightful comments on the biological processes and trends for bumblebee losses following climate change.

June 28: Monarch butterflies and our lab in the news for Mission Monarch with Presidents Obama and Pena Nieto of Mexico at Macleans. Also appeared on CBC Radio 1’s In Town and Out (“Why should we cry over less milkweed”) and on CTV nationally and in Toronto.

June 8: Mission Monarch launches. Using remote sensing and the power of citizen science to understand monarch breeding habitat across Canada and begin the critical task of monarch butterfly recovery. Built on foundations.

March 22: Juan Zuloaga’s exciting paper on thermal barriers and elevation gradients’ unique impacts on biodiversity was accepted at Ecography. Data and supplementary materials for this paper are freely available on the Papers page.

February 28: Jeremy Kerr commented on global change, impacts on pollinators, and strategies to recover pollinators and pollination services. In The Washington Post and Vice News.

February 15: Laura Coristine has been accepted into the extraordinary Liber Ero program! Many congratulations!

February 6: Kerr Lab is on Quirks and Quarks again. Laura Coristine speaks to Bob McDonald about her exciting new study on rapid climate change-related population losses of birds in North America! Songbirds’ range gets squeezed by climate change.

December 7: Trying to envision what the world looks like after 80 years of climate change, a story by Raveena Aulakh at The Toronto Star.

October 25: We have published an op-ed in The Toronto Star setting out priorities for restoring federal science integrity. Co-authored with Dr Isabelle Côté, Jeff Hutchings, David Schindler, Andrew Gonzalez, and Brett Favaro.

October 16: A short message on the need to account for sensible criteria - widely known in the climate change community but less so in the pollinator community - when considering where, how, and when to move pollinator species for managed relocation. In Science.

October 1: Great work by Cassandra, Rosana, and Laura on continental perspectives on helping species respond to climate change. Covered in conservation news:

August 6: Congratulations to Emily Acheson on the Malaria Journal paper looking at bednet use across Tanzania relative to mosquito habitat suitability.

July 24: Congratulations to Cassandra Robillard, Laura Coristine, and Rosana Soares on the publication of our most recent paper in Conservation Biology: Facilitating climate change-induced range shifts across continental land use barriers.

May 25: Working with Katie Gibbs, the Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy, Liberal MPs Kirsty Duncan and Ted Hsu, Jeremy helped write a motion for Parliament to restore federal science integrity.

May 26: The Global Young Academy held its annual general meeting in the Ottawa region, and we held a special event at the National Research Council headquarters. We organized an event for Members of Parliament who have moved from academics to public life to discuss their experiences. Very special thanks to Dr. Kennedy Stewart and Dr. Kirsty Duncan. Conservatives were a no-show.

March 31: Gordon Orians, Nigel Roulet, Jim Schaeffer, Jeff Wells, and Jeremy Kerr met with Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, to discuss strategies to conserve massive expanses of wilderness in Ontario’s boreal. Thanks to Premier Wynne for extraordinary commitment.

Lab tel: +1 (613) 562-5800 x 2594

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