Craig E. Hebert

Research Scientist - Multiple Stressors

Current research and/or projects

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

  • The impact of multiple stressors (e.g., nutritional stress, contaminants, disease, parasites) on wildlife health
  • Wildlife as indicators of ecosystem processes and change
  • Wildlife as spatial and temporal indicators of trends in contaminant levels and effects
  • Application of tracers of ecological processes (e.g., stable isotopes, fatty acids) to address wildlife conservation issues

Professional activities / interests

Collaboration with government and university partners to implement an ecosystem approach to environmental management in the Laurentian Great Lakes

Supervision of student-led research projects through the Department of Biology, Carleton University

Review of manuscripts for scientfic journals and research grant proposals (e.g., National Science Foundation, North Pacific Research Board)

Education and awards

Ph.D. Department of Zoology, University of Toronto

M.Sc. Great Lakes Institute, University of Windsor

B.Sc. Department of Biology, Queen’s University

Key publications

Nisbet, I.C., D.V. Weseloh, C.E. Hebert, M.L. Mallory, A.F. Poole, J.C. Ellis, P. Pyle, M.A. Patten. 2017. Herring Gull (Larus argentatus), The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America:

Quinn, J.T., D.J. Hamilton, C.E. Hebert. 2017. Fatty acid composition and concentration of alternative food of Semipalmated Sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) in the upper Bay of Fundy, Canada Canadian Journal of Zoology. 95: 565-573.

Hebert, C.E., B.N. Popp, K.J. Fernie, C. Ka’apu-Lyons, B.A. Rattner, N. Wallsgrove. 2016. Amino acid-specific stable nitrogen isotope values in avian tissues: insights from captive American Kestrels and wild Herring Gulls. Environmental Science and Technology. 50: 12928-12937.

Paterson, G., C.E. Hebert, K.G. Drouillard, and G.D. Haffner. 2014. Congruent energy density trends of fish and birds reflect ecosystem change. Limnology and Oceanography. 59:1171-1180.

Paterson, G., S.A. Rush, M.T. Arts, K.G. Drouillard, G.D. Haffner, T.B. Johnson, B.F. Lantry, C.E. Hebert, D. J. McGoldrick, S.M. Backus, and A.T. Fisk. 2014. Ecological tracers reveal resource convergence among prey fish species in a large lake ecosystem. Freshwater Biology. 59: 2150-2161.

Hebert, C.E., J. Pasher, C. Weseloh, T. Dobbie, S. Dobbyn, D. Moore, V. Minelga, and J. Duffe. 2014. Nesting cormorants and temporal changes in island habitats. Journal of Wildlife Management 78:307-313.

Hebert, C.E., J. Chao, D. Crump, T.B. Johnson, M.D. Rudy, E. Sverko, K. Williams, D. Zaruk, and M.T. Arts. 2014. Ecological tracers track changes in bird diets and possible routes of exposure to type E botulism. Journal of Great Lakes Research 40:64-70.

Shutt, J. L., Andrews, D.W., Weseloh, D.V., Moore, D.J., Hebert, C.E., Campbell, D., Williams, K. 2014. The importance of island surveys in documenting disease-related mortality and botulism E in Great Lakes colonial waterbirds. Journal of Great Lakes Research 40:58-63.

Research facility

Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3