Jean-Pierre L. Savard

Research Scientist - Bird Ecology
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current research and/or projects

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

  • Research on sea ducks (eiders, scoters, goldeneyes, harlequins, long-tailed ducks): satellite telemetry studies of movements; location and characterisation of moulting sites; ecology and behaviour of moult; spring and fall staging; breeding ecology; population dynamics
  • Impact of industrial practices on birds (forestry, wind farms, peat mining): woodpecker ecology; impact of wind farms on birds; use of weather radars to quantify nocturnal bird migration
  • Urban bird ecology: development of urban bird atlases; bird habitat relationships; biodiversity in urban ecosystems
  • Survey techniques: migration monitoring; point counts and spot-mapping techniques; aerial surveys

Professional activities / interests

Conference, workshop and session organization (e.g., Co-chair, Scientific Program of the 122nd Meeting of the American Ornithologists' Union and the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists; Chair, Scientific Committee for the 3rd International Symposium on Sea Ducks)

Research grant and journal paper reviews; journal editorial board memberships (e.g., Continental Technical Committee, Sea Duck Joint Venture, 2000-2008); Associate Editor, Waterbirds, Journal of Avian Conservation and Ecology, Canadian Wildlife Service Special Publications

North American Coordinator, Sea Duck Specialist Group of Wetlands International; National Science Advisory Council, Bird Studies Canada

Member: Ecological Society of America, Wildlife Society, Conservation Biology Society, Society of Canadian Ornithologists, American Ornithologists' Union, Waterbird Society

Co-supervisor of Ph.D. and M.Sc. students for several universities (Laval, Sherbrooke, McGill, University of Québec in Montréal; University of Québec in Chicoutimi; University of Québec in Rimouski)

Education and awards

Ph.D. Barrow's Goldeneye, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia

M.Sc. Urban Birds, Department of Zoology, University of Toronto

Key publications

Savard, J.-P.L., A. Reed, L. Lesage. 2007. Chronology of breeding and molt migration in Surf Scoters (Melanitta perspicillata). Waterbirds 30(2): 223-229.

Savard, J.-P.L. and M. Robert. 2007. Use of nest boxes by goldeneyes in eastern North America. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 119: 28-34 [DOI: 10.1676/05-162.1]

Nappi, A., P. Drapeau and J.-P.L. Savard. 2004. Salvage logging after wildfire in the boreal forest: is it becoming too hot for wildlife? Forestry Chronicle 80: 67-74.

Savard, J.-P.L. and J.B. Falls. 2001. Survey techniques and habitat relationships of breeding birds in residential areas of Toronto, Canada. In Avian ecology and conservation in an urbanizing world. p 543-568. J. M. Marzluff, R. Bowman and R. Donnelly, eds. Kluvier Academic Press.

Savard, J.-P.L., P. Clergeau and G. Mennechez. 2000. Biodiversity concepts and urban ecosystems. Landscape and Urban Planning 659 :1-12. [doi:10.1016/S0169-2046(00)00037-2]

Savard, J-P.L., D. Bordage and A. Reed. 1998. Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) in The Birds of North America No 363. (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds). The Birds of North America, Inc., The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA .