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Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research

Story Map of Puffins on MSI

View a story map of the puffins of Machias Seal Island, produced as a joint project between the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Chapters) and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.​

All photos by Nick Hawkins

Research Focus:

At the Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research at the University of New Brunswick, we investigate relationships between bird populations and environmental change, however caused. We work mainly in marine and island ecosystems.

If you are interested in opportunities to join our lab, please contact us using the links here.


History of the Lab:

Until 2016 the lab was based on the Fredericton campus of UNB under the direction of Dr. Tony Diamond. Upon his retirement and appointment as Professor Emeritus the lab is now shared between the Saint John and Fredericton campuses and the labs of Drs. Heather Major (UNBSJ) and Tony Diamond (UNBF).

Between 1995 and 2009, the lab was the UNB node of the Atlantic Cooperative Wildlife Ecology Research Network (ACWERN). This collaboration among three Atlantic universities (UNB, Acadia, and Memorial) with Environment Canada/Canadian Wildlife Service and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), provided research and training in wildlife ecology to many successful graduate and undergraduate students.

The UNB node alone published over 60 papers during this period.

ACWERN was dissolved by Environment Canada in 2009. It now operates as the Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research (ALAR).

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