Directory Profiles

Dr. Matt W. Reudink


Dr. Reudink studies conservation, evolution, and behaviour in birds, with an emphasis on the annual cycle of migratory birds. His Ph.D. at Queen’s University and the Smithsonian Institution focused primarily on understanding how events on the tropical wintering grounds influence the process of sexual selection and the evolution of plumage colouration. At TRU, Dr. Reudink and his students study the migration ecology and evolution of Bullock’s orioles and mountain bluebirds, movement and behaviour in mountain chickadees and other winter residents, as well as the conservation biology of Vaux’s swifts and other aerial insectivores. All of his field work takes place in the montane regions of central interior British Columbia.

Dr. Reudink teaches Evolution, Conservation Biology, Terrestrial Vertebrate Zoology, Animal Behaviour, and Communicating Biology, with an emphasis on field experiences for undergraduates. He also maintains an active research lab primarily driven by undergraduate and graduate student researchers. He is especially keen on publishing undergraduate research (see below). In 2015, Dr. Reudink was awarded the TRU Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

Dr. Reudink also serves as Treasurer of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists sits on the Council of the Association of Field Ornithologists.

Selected Publications

Linking isotopes and panmixia: high within-colony variation in feather δ2H, δ13C, and δ15N across the range of the American white pelican
Reudink MW, CJ Kyle, AE McKellar, CM Somers, RLF Reudink, TK Kyser, et al.
PLoS ONE 11: e0150810 (Mar 2016)

Females mated to more colourful mountain bluebirds (Sialia currucoides) produce male-biased broods
Bonderud ES, NJ Flood, JD Van Hamme, CAW Boyda & MW Reudink
Behaviour 153:367–386 (Mar 2016)

Moult-migration in Bullock’s orioles (Icterus bullockii) confirmed by geolocators and stable isotope analysis
Pillar AG, PP Marra, NJ Flood & MW Reudink
Journal of Ornithology 157:265–275. (Jan 2016)

Climate and density influence annual survival and movement in a migratory songbird
McKellar AE, MW Reudink, PP Marra, LM Ratcliffe & S Wilson
Ecology and Evolution 5:5892–5904 (Dec 2015)

Inter-annual variation in American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) plumage colour is associated with rainfall and temperature during moult: an 11-year study
Reudink MW, AE McKellar, S McArthur, KLD Marini, PP Marra & LM Ratcliffe
Oecologia 178:161–173 (May 2015)

Population response to environmental productivity throughout the annual cycle in a migratory songbird
Pillar AG, S Wilson, NJ Flood & MW Reudink
Population Ecology 57:163–173 (Jan 2015)

Non-breeding season events influence sexual selection in a long-distance migratory bird
Reudink MW, PP Marra, TK Kyser, PT Boag, KM Langin & LM Ratcliffe
Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276: 1619-1626 (May 2009)