Murray M. Humphries
Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology
NSERC Northern Research Chair
Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE)
Member of the Quebec Center for Biodiversity Science (QCBS)
Department of Natural Resource Sciences
McGill University, Macdonald Campus
21,111 Lakeshore Road
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada H9X 3V9
Office: MS3-067 Macdonald Stewart Bldg
Phone: (514) 398-7885
Fax: (514) 398-7990
I'm from Brandon, Manitoba, and since 2003, I'm a teacher and researcher at McGill University,
in the department of Natural Resource Sciences (located on the Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue).
I've been a CINE member since 2005 and a NSERC Northern Research Chair since 2006. I'm currently teaching
Natural History of the Vertebrates (Fall, WILD-307) and Mammalogy (Winter, WILD-350)
and I'm a co-instructor of Wildlife and Fisheries Management (Fall, WILD-401).
I currently supervise a diversified lab including undergraduate, MSc and PhD students
(Click here to visit our People Section).
Most of our lab research (Click here to visit our Research Section)
focuses on mammal ecology and energetics across Canada’s North
and on understanding the impacts of environmental change on northern wildlife.
We use a wide range of methods, both in the lab and in the field, ranging from respirometry-based measures of metabolism to simple behavioural observations.
In collaboration with northern communities, we also try to integrate traditional
and scientific ecological knowledge to develop community-based wildlife monitoring
programs that are closely connected to northern traditional food security.
(Click here to see our lab poster).
NSERC PDF. 2002. University of Aberdeen (John Speakman )
and University of Alberta (Stan Boutin).
PhD. 2001. McGill University (Don
Kramer) and Sherbrooke University (Don Thomas).
MSc. 1996. University of Alberta (Stan Boutin).
BSc. (hons.) 1993. University of Manitoba (Bob MacArthur).
Publications (students in bold)
Samson, J., D. Berteaux, B.J. McGill, M.M. Humphries. 2011. Geographic disparities and moral hazards in the predicted impacts of climate change on human populations.
Global Ecology and Biogeography, 20:532-544.
Larivee, M.L., S. Boutin, J.R. Speakman, M.M. Humphries. 2010. Associations between overwinter survival and resting metabolic rate in juvenile North American red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus).
Functional Ecology, 24:597-607.
Jarema, S.I., J. Samson, B.J. McGill, M.M. Humphries.
Variation in abundance across a species’ range predicts climate change responses in the range interior will exceed those at the edge: a case study with North American beaver.
Global Change Biology, 15:508-522.
Landry-Cuerrier, M., D. Munro, D.W. Thomas, M.M. Humphries.
Microclimate and resource determinants of the fundamental and realized metabolic niches of hibernating chipmunks.
Careau, V., D.W. Thomas, M.M. Humphries, D. Reale.
Energy metabolism and animal personality.
Boutin, S., L.A. Wauters, A.G. McAdam, M.M. Humphries, G. Tosi, A.A. Dhondt. 2006. Anticipatory reproduction and population growth in seed predators.
Humphries, M.M., D.W. Thomas, D.L. Kramer. 2003.
The role of energy availability in mammalian hibernation: a
cost-benefit approach. Physiological & Biochemical
Humphries, M.M., D.W. Thomas, J.R. Speakman. 2002.
Climate-mediated energetic constraints on the distribution of
hibernating mammals. Nature, 418:313-316
Wolfe, B.B., M.M. Humphries, M.J. Pisaric, A.M. Balasubramaniam, C.R. Burn, L. Chan, D. Cooley, D.G. Froese, S. Graupe, R.I. Hall, T. Lantz, T.J. Porter, P. Roy-Leveillee, K.W. Turner, S.D. Wesche, M.Williams.
In Press. Environmental change and traditional use of the Old Crow Flats in northern Canada: an IPY opportunity to meet the challenges of the new northern research paradigm.
Humphries MM. 2009. Mammal ecology as an indicator of climate change. In Climate Change: Observed Impacts on Planet Earth. T. Letcher, Ed., Elsevier, New York.
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Created: November 2005
Last Updated: January 2013