Contact Dr. Kirsty E. B. Gurney:



Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan

Associate Faculty, Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks


B.Sc. (Hons) Biology and Environmental Toxicology, Simon Fraser University, 1997

M.Sc. Ecotoxicology, Simon Fraser University, 2000

Ph.D. Biology, University of Saskatchewan, 2012


Dr. Kirsty E. B. Gurney

Research Scientist - Ecology and Environmental Science; Wetlands; Wildlife Health

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Contributing to Environment Canada's mandate to ensure that ecosystems and wildlife are conserved and protected

  • Identifying links between natural and anthropogenic environmental stressors (e.g. climate, resource abundance, industrial development, disease) and wildlife health at individual and population levels
  • Identifying the effects of environmental change (e.g., contaminants, climate, industrial development) on arctic and northern-breeding birds, in the context of reproductive success, annual life cycles, and demographic outcomes
  • Developing and implementing DNA-based approaches to assessing issues related to conservation




  • Advise students at University of Saskatchewan, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Associate Faculty)
  • Journal paper reviews (e.g., Oecologia, Arctic, Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment)


·     Gurney, K.E.B., R.G. Clark, S.M. Slattery and L. Ross. 2016. Connecting the trophic dots: responses of an aquatic bird species to variable abundance of macroinvertebrates in northern boreal wetlands. Hydrobiologia: 1–17 doi:10.1007/s10750-016-2817-4.
·     Lavretsky, P., J. Peters, K. Winker, V. Bahn, I. Kulikova, Y. Zhuravlev, R. Wilson, C. Barger, K.E.B. Gurney and K. McCracken. 2016. Becoming pure: identifying generational classes of admixed individuals within lesser and greater scaup populations. Molecular Ecology 25: 661–674.
·     Gurney, K.E.B., C.J. Wood, R.T. Alisauskas, M. Wayland, J.M. DeVink and S.M. Slattery. 2014. Identifying carry-over effects of wintering area on reproductive parameters in White-winged scoters: An isotopic approach. The Condor: Ornithological Applications 116: 251–264. 

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

Arctic & Northern
          Bird populations
     Climate Change and Processes
          Adaptation and impacts
     Aquatic Ecosystems
Nature & Wildlife
          Climate change impacts
          Industrial impacts
     Ecosystems & Habitats
          Arctic environment
          Boreal forest
     Effects of Toxics
          Oil Sands
          Aquatic organisms
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