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

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Stuart Slattery, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Providing the research we need to understand why some key waterfowl species are declining in the boreal forest and how landscape change influences duck populations.

Stuart Slattery joined IWWR in 2001 and his initial research focused on scaup and scoter breeding ecology, gathering baseline information to help understand why numbers are declining. His current research program is designed to better understand potential effects of industrial activities on settling and productivity of waterfowl in the boreal forest, testing key delivery assumptions.

Stuart is also the science lead for our boreal program, overseeing high level research planning and implementation, with a focus on developing knowledge needed to achieve our top habitat delivery priorities. He is also engaged in high level conservation planning and guidance as a member of the Boreal Management Team. Stuart also represents IWWR on the NAMWP Science Support Team, Scaup Action Team, and Prairie Habitat Joint Venture Science Committee.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan
  • M.Sc., Waterfowl Ecology, University of Saskatchewan
  • B.Sc., Biological Sciences, Cornell University

Stuart’s Publications (organized by year)

Gingras, B., S. Slattery, K. Smith, and M. Darveau. 2017. Boreal wetlands of Canada and the United States of America. In press, in C.M. Finlayson, G.R. Milton, R.C. Prentice, and N.C. Davidson, editors. The wetland book volume II. Distribution, description and conservation, Springer, New York, New York, USA.

Gurney, K.E.B., R.G. Clark, S.M. Slattery, and L.C.M. Ross. 2017. Connecting the trophic dots: Responses of an aquatic bird species to variable abundance of macroinvertebrates in northern boreal wetlands. Hydrobiologia 785:1-17.

Austin, J., S. Slattery, and R.G. Clark. 2014. Waterfowl populations of conservation concern: Learning from diverse challenges, models and conservation strategies. Wildfowl Special Issue 4:470-497.

Barker, N.K.S., S.M. Slattery, M. Darveau, and S.G. Cumming. 2014. Modeling distribution and abundance of multiple species: Different pooling strategies produce similar results. Ecosphere 5:art158.

Gurney, K.E.B., C.J. Wood, R.T. Alisaukas, M. Wayland, J.-M.A. DeVink, and S.M. Slattery. 2014. Identifying carry-over effects of wintering area on reproductive parameters in white-winged scoters: An isotopic approach. Condor 116:251-264.

Drever, M.C., R.G. Clark, C. Derksen, S.M. Slattery, P. Toose, and T.D. Nudds. 2012. Population vulnerability to climate change linked to timing of breeding in boreal ducks. Global Change Biology 18(2): 480-492.

Gurney, K.E.B., R.G. Clark, and S.M. Slattery. 2012. Seasonal variation in pre-fledging survival of lesser scaup Aythya affinis: hatch date effects depend on maternal body mass. Journal of Avian Biology 43:68-78.

Traylor, J.J., R.T. Alisaukas, S.M. Slattery, and K.L. Drake. 2012. Comparative survival and recovery of Ross’s and lesser snow geese from Canada’s central arctic. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:1135-1144.

Slattery, S.M., J.L. Morissette, G.G. Mack, and E.W. Butterworth. 2011.Waterfowl conservation planning: science needs and approaches. Pages 23-40 in J.V. Wells, ed. Boreal birds of North America: a hemispheric view of their conservation links and significance. University of California Press, Berkeley, USA.

Devink, J., S.M. Slattery, R.G. Clark, R. Alisasuskas, and K. Hobson. 2011. Combining stable isotope and body composition analyses to assess nutrient allocation strategies in breeding white-winged scoters. Auk 128:166-174.

Gurney, K.E.B., R.G. Clark, S.M. Slattery, N.V. Smith-Downey, J. Walker, L.M. Armstrong, S.E. Stephens, M. Petrula, R.M. Corcoran, K.H. Martin, K.A. DeGroot, R.W. Brook, A.D. Afton, K. Cutting, J.M. Warren, M. Fournier, and D.N. Koons. 2011. Time constraints in temperate-breeding species: influence of growing season length on reproductive strategies. Ecography 34:628-636.

Devink, J-M., R.G. Clark, S.M. Slattery, and T. Scheuhammer. 2008. Effects of dietary selenium on reproduction and body mass of captive lesser scaup. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 27:471-477.

Devink, J-M., R.G. Clark, S.M. Slattery, and M. Wayland. 2008. Is selenium affecting body condition and reproduction in boreal breeding scaup, scoters, and ring-necked ducks? Environmental Pollution 152:116-122.

Devink, J-M., R.G. Clark, S.M. Slattery, and A.M. Scheuhammer. 2007. Cross-seasonal association between winter trophic status and breeding ground selenium levels in boreal white-winged scoters. Avian Conservation and Ecology 3:3.

Slattery, S.M. and R.T. Alisauskas. 2007. Distribution and habitat use of Ross’s and lesser snow geese during late brood rearing. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:2230-2237.

Alisauskas, R.T., K.L. Drake, S.M. Slattery, and D.K. Kellett. 2006. Neckbands, harvest, and survival of Ross’s geese from Canada’s central arctic. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:89-100.

Koons, D.N., J. J. Rotella, D. W. Willey, M. Taper, R. G. Clark, S. Slattery, R. W. Brook, R. M. Corcoran, and J. R. Lovvorn. 2006. Lesser scaup population dynamics: what can be learned from available data? Avian Conservation and Ecology 1:6.

Slattery, S.M. and R.T. Alisauskas. 2002. Use of the Barker model in an experiment examining covariate effects on first-year survival in Ross’s Geese (Chen rossii): a case study. Journal of Applied Statistics 29:497-508.

Gloutney, M.L., R.T. Alisauskas, A.D. Afton, and S.M. Slattery. 2001. Foraging time and dietary intake by breeding Ross’s and lesser snow geese. Oecologia 127:78-86.

Slattery, S.M. 2000. Factors affecting first-year survival in Ross’s geese. Dissertation, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Alisauskas, R.T., S.M. Slattery, J.P. Ryder, M.L. Gloutney, A.D. Afton, R.H. Kerbes, and M.R. McLandress. 1998. Discrimination of Ross’s and lesser snow goose eggs. Journal of Field Ornithology 69:647-653.

Slattery, S.M., G. Samelius, R.T. Alisauskas, J.R. Danielson, and F.P. Moore. 1998. For whom the geese toll: aberrant or adaptive behaviour in Ross’ and lesser snow geese? Wildfowl 49:242-244.

Slattery, S.M. and R.T. Alisauskas. 1995. Egg characteristics and body reserves of neonate Ross’ and lesser snow geese. Condor 97:970-984.

Slattery, S.M. 1994. Neonate reserves, growth and survival in Ross’ and lesser snow goose goslings. Thesis, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.

Alisauskas, R.T., S.M. Slattery, J.P. Ryder, M.L. Gloutney, A.D. Afton, R.H. Kerbes, and M.R. McLandress. 1998. Discrimination of Ross’s and lesser snow goose eggs. Journal of Field Ornithology 69:647-653.

Slattery, S.M., G. Samelius, R.T. Alisauskas, J.R. Danielson, and F.P. Moore. 1998. For whom the geese toll: aberrant or adaptive behaviour in Ross’ and lesser snow geese? Wildfowl 49:242-244.

Slattery, S.M. and R.T. Alisauskas. 1995. Egg characteristics and body reserves of neonate Ross’ and lesser snow geese. Condor 97:970-984.

Slattery, S.M. 1994. Neonate reserves, growth and survival in Ross’ and lesser snow goose goslings. Thesis, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.