Ducks Unlimited Canada
Institute for Wetland & Waterfowl Research
PO Box 1160
Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
R0C 2Z0

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Nic McLellan

Atlantic Science Coordinator

Overseeing science in the Atlantic Region which includes projects associated with Beaubassin Research Station and beyond.

Nic McLellan grew up in Sackville, NB where he developed a keen interest in biology and the outdoors.

Prior to his current job at Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), Nic worked on several research projects with the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) and the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources. These projects involved a variety of bird species including shorebirds, songbirds, seabirds, and waterfowl.

Nic has been working for DUC since 2007 and is currently the Atlantic Science Coordinator. With this position he oversees DUC science in the Atlantic Region which includes projects associated with Beaubassin Research Station and beyond. These research projects focus on a wide range of topics including wetland restoration (both freshwater and salt), productivity in managed wetland systems, anadromous fish passage in watersheds with DUC fishways, and waterfowl ecology. They are delivered through partnerships with various universities, government, and other NGOs. Nic represents DUC on university student research committees, the Nova Scotia Eastern Habitat Joint Venture steering committee, the Atlantic Canada Wetland Working Group, and the Atlantic Migratory Gamebird Technical Committee. Nic also represents DUC and DUI on the Sea Duck Joint Venture (SDJV) and chairs the SDJV Habitat Management and Conservation Subcommittee.

Nic currently resides in Sackville, NB with his wife Amanda, their children Elsa and Camden, and their black lab “Flash”.


  • M.Sc., Biology, Acadia University
  • B.Sc. (Honours), Biology, Mount Allison University

Nic’s Publications (organized by year)

Loder, A.L., M.L. Mallory, N.R. McLellan, C. White, and J.P. Smol. 2018. Do rural impoundments in coastal Bay of Fundy, Canada sustain adequate habitat for wildlife? Wetlands Ecology and Management 26:213-230.

Lieske, D.J., M. MacIntosh, L. Millet, S. Bondrup-Nielsen, J.B. Pollard, G. Parson, N.R. McLellan, G.R. Milton, F. MacKinnon, K. Connor, and L.K. Banks. 2018. Modelling the impacts of agriculture in mixed-use landscapes: A review and case study involving two species of dabbling ducks. Landscape Ecology 33:35-57.

Boone, L.K., J. Ollerhead, M.A. Barbeau, A.D. Beck, B.G. Sanderson, and N.R. McLellan. 2017. Returning the tide to dikelands in a macrotidal and ice-influenced environment: Challenges and lessons learned. Pages 705-749 in C.W. Finkl and C. Makowski, editors, Coastal wetlands: Alteration and remediation. Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland.

Dunnington, D.W., H. White, I.S. Spooner, M.L. Mallory, C. White, N.J. O’Driscoll, and N.R. McLellan. 2017. A paleolimnological archive of metal sequestration and release in the Cumberland Basin Marshes, Atlantic Canada. Facets 2:440-460.

Loder, A. L., M. L. Mallory, I. Spooner, C. McLauchlan, P. O. Englehardt, N. R. McLellan, and C. White. 2016. Bioaccumulation of lead and arsenic in gastropods inhabiting coastal wetlands in Bay of Fundy, Canada. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution. 227:75.

Fairn, E. R., N. R. McLellan, and D. Shutler. 2012. Are lice associated with Ring-billed Gull chick immune responses? Waterbirds 35:164-169.

McLellan, N. R. and D. Shutler. 2009. Sources of food delivered to Ring-Billed, Herring, and Great Black-Backed Gull chicks in marine environments. Waterbirds 32:507-513.

Shutler, D., D. M. Weary, and N. McLellan. 2005. The clones need to return: a comment

on Archer et al. (2003). Applied Animal Behaviour Science 91:363-365.

McLellan, N. R. 2005. Feeding ecology and ectoparasites of ring-billed gull chicks in a marine environment on Prince Edward Island. Thesis, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada.

McLellan, N. R. 2002. The behaviour of the semipalmated sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) and its relation to human disturbance and environmental factors. Honours thesis, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.