The Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Program is designed to train students in behavioural research that integrate developmental, physiological, cognitive, ecological and evolutionary levels of analysis. Some examples of ongoing research include social behaviour in insects and mammals, reproductive and migratory behaviour of fish, birds as environmental indicators, risk sensitive foraging (fear) in fish and ungulates, parental behaviour in seabirds and mammals, whale and seal behaviour, and human-animal interactions related to resource utilization, to mention a few.

To gain admission, a student must hold an honours bachelors degree normally of high second class standing, or its equivalent.

Applicants can apply on-line at the School of Graduate Studies. Students are asked to submit their applications as early as possible in the new year, as files (including letters of reference) will be evaluated by March 15. If you are interested in being considered for internal fellowships, contact us immediately. Early applicants can be considered for special university fellowships. Letters of reference should be submitted directly to the School of Graduate Studies on the appropriate forms. Admission decisions are normally made by April 15. Late applications may be considered if openings are available. Occasionally, students may enter in the winter semester.

Students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors at the time of (or before) application to the program. This early contact will make it easier to identify joint research interests. Applicants are also invited to contact current students and/or recent graduates with questions about the program or potential supervisors.

Students are automatically considered for financial support. Students with NSERC Fellowships are encouraged to apply, and the program provides NSERC recipients with financial awards. It is a policy of the program to offer all students admitted financial support and it does so on a competitive basis. Such support consists of a combination of Graduate School Fellowship, graduate assistantships and faculty grant support. Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek outside support throughout their programs.

General admission inquiries should be addressed to the School of Graduate Studies. The School of Graduate Studies also has information on expenses and tuition. Specific queries about program can be sent to the appropriate faculty members; the chair of the Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Program, Dr. Eric VanderWal; or to the program's administrator at