Tony Diamond

Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Ecology


Forestry and Environmental Management

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Director, Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research

Academic interests

  • Avian conservation biology
  • Birds as indicators of environmental change
  • Forest ecology
  • Avian ecology
  • Island ecology and conservation
  • Marine ecology
  • Seasonality of marine and forest systems
  • Movement ecology of birds
  • Climate change and impacts
  • Avian evolution
  • Bird banding
  • Population dynamics and modeling
  • Avian energetics

Brief biography

Tony was raised and educated in the U.K. He received his bachelor degree in Zoology from Queens' College Cambridge, and Masters in Ecology and PhD in Zoology from Aberdeen University; his postdoctoral work on ecology of West Indian birds was based at Oxford University. He spent the first part of his career carrying out bird research in the U.K. and the Caribbean, East Africa, and western Indian Ocean islands. His first university position was at the University of Nairobi in Kenya in 1976. He also worked for an international conservation organization, now BirdLife International, for several years.

In 1983 he immigrated to Canada with his family and worked as consultant researcher on seabird energy models, assessing Latin American countries' forests as habitats for Canadian long-distance migratory birds, and the Canadian Bird-banding Atlas, before acting as Acid Rain Coordinator for the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada. He was Research Manager in charge of the Prairie & Northern Wildlife Research Centre in Saskatoon for six years before moving to UNB in 1994 as Senior Chair of the Atlantic Cooperative Wildlife Ecology Research Network in a partnership among CWS, UNB, Acadia and Memorial Universities. For 22 years at UNB he taught forest wildlife ecology, ornithology, conservation biology, and marine bird ecology. As Emeritus Professor and Director of the Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research (ALAR) he continues to supervise graduate students researching a variety of issues in avian ecology in both forested and marine ecosystems and is particularly interested in effects of accelerating climate change on these systems.

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Forest Wildlife Ecology
  • Marine Bird Ecology
  • International Field Ecology
  • Ornithology
  • Conservation Biology

Selected research

Trefry S.A. and Diamond A.W. In Press. Exploring hypotheses for sexual dimorphism in frigatebirds. Evolutionary Ecology Research. Accepted 1 November 2016.

Hunnewell, R. W., A. W. Diamond and S. C. Brown. 2016. Estimating the migratory stopover abundance of phalaropes in the outer Bay of Fundy, Canada. Avian Conservation and Ecology 11 (2):1.

Breton, A.R. and Diamond, A.W. 2014. Annual survival of adult Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica) is positively correlated with Herring (Clupea harengus) availability. Ibis 156(1): 35-47.

McKinnon, E.A., Askanas, H. and Diamond, A.W. 2014. Nest Patch Characteristics of Bicknell’s Thrush in Regenerating Clearcuts and Implications for Pre-commercial Thinning. Northeastern Naturalist 21(2): 259-270.

Bowser, A.K., Diamond, A.W. & Addison, J.A. 2013. From puffins to plankton: a DNA-based analysis of a seabird food chain in the northern Gulf of Maine. PLoS ONE 8(12): e83152. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083152.