Hugh Broders is an evolutionary ecologist whose primary research focus is on the demography, life history and migratory movement of bats.
Professor Broders joined the University of Waterloo in January 2017 as Chair of the Department of Biology.
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- Animal population and behavioural ecology, life history, mating strategies, swarming and migratory behaviour
- Bats, specifically the endangered little brown (Myotis lucifugus) and northern long-eared (Myotis septentrionalis) and the impacts of white nose syndrome on population numbers
Prof. Broders' main interests are in the area of animal population biology. More specifically, his research focuses on characterizing aspects of the biology of animal populations that help explain the causes and predict the consequences of population structure (e.g., resource requirements, social structure). Such research areas are important on at least two levels. First, such questions are vital for increasing our understanding of evolution and evolutionary processes. Second, managing wildlife populations requires data on which to make reliable inferences on biology. Therefore, from a conservation perspective such research areas are critically important.
Recent publications include
- Patriquin KJ, Leonard M, Broders HG, Ford WM, Britzke ER, Silvis A. 2016. Weather as a proximate explanation for fission-fusion dynamics in female northern long-eared bats. Animal Behaviour. 122: 47-57.
- Little ME, Burgess NM, Broders HG, Campbell LM. 2015. Distribution of mercury in archived fur from little brown bats across Atlantic Canada. Environmental Pollution. 207: 52-58.
- Burns LE, Broders HG. 2015. Maximizing mating opportunities: higher autumn swarming activity in male versus female Myotis bats. Journal of Mammalogy. 96:1326-1336. DOI:10.1093/jmammal/gyv141
- Gallant AJ, Broders HG. 2015. Body condition explains little of the inter-individual variation in the swarming behaviour of adult male little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus) in Nova Scotia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Zoology 93: 469-476. DOI: 10.1139/cjz-2014-0249.
- MacLeod BA, Burns LE, Frasier TR, Broders HG. 2015. Effect of oceanic straits on gene flow in the recently endangered little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) in maritime Canada: implications for the spread of white-nose syndrome. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 93: 427-437. DOI: 10.1139/cjz-2014-0262.
Please see Hugh Broders' Google Scholar profile for a current list of his peer-reviewed articles.
Professional Associations and Service
- Adjunct Professor, Saint Mary's University
- Member, Terrestrial Mammals Specialist Subcommittee for the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (elected 2011, re-elected 2015)
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2004 PhD Ecology, University of New Brunswick
1998 MSc Molecular Ecology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
1995 BSc Ecology, Acadia University