Dr. Dan Mennill

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Dr. Dan Mennill is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor, and since joining the faculty in 2005, the University of Windsor Ornithology Research Group has grown to include a number of professors and students working together with the community to research and protect the many incredible bird species of our region and beyond.

Dan runs the “Mennill Sound Analysis Laboratory” — Canada’s largest laboratory devoted to the study of animal sounds. His research explores the vocal behaviour of temperate and tropical birds, including chickadees, wrens, sparrows, warblers, and woodpeckers. Together with his students, Dan has published more than 85 peer-reviewed research papers, and has pioneered many new technologies for ecological research.

A conservation biologist, Dan has conducted research on endangered bird species in Central and South America, and his work has lead to significant insight into the birds that live in the Neotropical Dry Forest, the most endangered ecosystem in the tropics. Locally, Dan and his students have developed a project that uses acoustic surveys to monitor the migratory behaviour of birds in Essex County. His students conduct field studies at Holiday Beach, Hillman Marsh, Point Pelee National Park, Ojibway and along the Detroit River.  They have helped band and collect data for hundreds of birds and have published a paper in the prestigious Journal of Biogeography.

Dan loves to teach students about ornithology and animal behaviour. His hands-on, outdoor classes at the University of Windsor have earned him many teaching accolades, including awards for the top teacher in the Faculty of Science and in the University as a whole.  For his passion and dedication to the wild birds of our region, and for sharing his knowledge and inspiration with new generations of scientists, we are pleased to recognize him as a Conservation Champion.