Bob Clark

Research Scientist - Applied Avian Ecology

Current research and/or projects

Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to ensure wildlife is conserved and protected

  • Applied avian ecology: linking ecological theory to real-life problems
  • Assessment of factors affecting habitat use and reproductive success in birds, and their relation to habitat management programs
  • Impacts of climate, habitat and individual quality on survival variation in migratory birds, including implications for conservation programs

Professional activities / interests

Director, Wildlife Research, Science & Technology Branch (2006-2007) / NSERC Discovery Grant Panel, Ecology & Evolution (2006-2008) / European Science Foundation Reviewer (2006-present)

Invited keynote and plenary talks (e.g., North American Duck Symposium; International Union of Game Biologists Congress; Pan-European Duck Symposium) / Evaluation of North American Waterfowl Management Plan (Biological Foundations) 2006

Prairie Habitat Joint Venture Waterfowl Working Group; Scaup Action Team; Pintail Action Group; Golondrinas de las Americas Network

Education and awards

Key publications

Coulton, D.W., R.G. Clark, K.A. Hobson, L.I. Wassenaar and C.E. Hebert. 2009. Temporal sources of deuterium variability in waterfowl feathers across a prairie-to-boreal gradient. Condor 111:255-265.

Boyce, M., R.G. Clark and D.W. Morris. 2008. Habitat and habitat selection: theory, tests and implications. Isreali Journal of Ecology and Evolution 54:279-472. (Special issue.)

Skinner, S.P. and R.G. Clark. 2008. Relationships between duck and grassland bird relative abundance and species richness in southern Saskatchewan. Avian Conservation and Ecology 3.

Devink, J-M., R.G. Clark, S. Slattery and T.M. Scheuhammer. 2008. Effects of dietary seleium on reproduction and body mass of captive lesser scaup. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 27:471-477.

Drever, M.C., T.D. Nudds and R.G. Clark. 2007. Agricultural policy and nest success of prairie ducks in Canada and the United States. Avian Conservation and Ecology 2.

Research facility

115 Perimeter Road
Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X4


Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan

Advisor, graduate students and postdoctorate fellows (16 M.Sc.; 10 Ph.D.; 5 PDF)

Subject Editor, Avian Conservation & Ecology; Associate Editor, The Auk; Associate Editor, Wetlands; Guest Editor, Israeli Journal of Ecology & Evolution (2007-2008)