Dr. Micheline Manseau

Associate Professor

Natural Resources Institute
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 2M6
E-mail: micheline.manseau@canada.ca
Website: Landscape Ecology and Community Knowledge for Conservation


Ecosystem Scientist
Western and Northern Service Centre, Parks Canada
145 McDermot Ave
Winnipeg, MB
R3B 0R9
Phone: 1-819-420-4833
Website: http://www.lecol-ck.ca


B.Sc. Biology, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Québec, 1989.
M.Sc. Biology, Université Laval, Québec, 1991.
Ph.D. Biology, Université Laval, Québec, 1996.


Dr. Manseau occupies a shared position between Parks Canada and the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Manitoba. Dr. Manseau completed her Ph.D. in Biology at Université Laval and occupied the position of Executive Director of the Institute of Environmental Monitoring and Research, Labrador, prior to coming to Manitoba. She is teaching a project course in animal/landscape ecology and is also very active both locally and nationally on a number of wildlife issues/committees. She closely works with parks biologists and managers on ecological issues pertaining to western and northern national parks and supervises graduate students in the areas of conservation biology, animal/landscape ecology, community-based monitoring/research and management of protected areas.

Research Interests

Dr. Manseau's main research interests focus on Conservation Biology, Animal and Landscape Ecology, Community-Based Research and Monitoring as it applies to the management of natural resources and protected areas. Her research takes her to various locations in western and northern Canada. In the area of conservation biology, her current work focuses on the establishment of new national parks and the delineation of ecological boundaries, the identification of critical habitat for animal species, landscape genetic, population and metapopulation dynamics and the development of non-invasive techniques to characterise and monitor animal popluations at risk. In the area of animal ecology, some recent and ongoing work include the development of landscape modeling tools for the purpose of identifying critical areas/movement corridors to ensure the protection of long-ranging mammal species and the use of fecal DNA to better understand landscape population genetic structures at different spatial scales. A number of study sites are used in the development and application of these analyses and in all cases, projects are done in collaboration with interest groups including government, communities and industry. Dr. Manseau also has projects on COSEWIC listed species including marsh birds, swift fox, plains bison, woodland and Peary caribou. She is very active with different Species at Risk committees and associated research teams. There again, her research is done collaboratively and allows for science-based and TEK-based approaches. Examples of TEK projects include the production of a video on community-based monitoring, the use of Inuit Knowledge in the monitoring and management of Nunavut national parks and crossing-cultural approaches to achieve forest sustainability and the conservation of large mammal species. Dr. Manseau is interested in working with students that have keen interest in the ecological aspects of resource and environmental management.

Selected Publications

Professional Activities

  • Member, National Aboriginal Council on Species at Risk – woodland caribou
  • Leading the production of a collection of podcasts for the Inuit Knowledge Project of Parks Canada with topics ranging from the contemporary meaning of Inuit knowledge to Inuit observations and responses to environmental changes and perspectives on conservation – Sirmilik, Auyuittuq and Ukkusiksalik National Parks. http://ikpodcasts.lecol-ck.ca/ [English and Inuktitut]
  • Member of the Steering Committee for the 13th North American Caribou Workshop http://www.nacw2010.ca/
  • Chair of the Program Committee for the 13th North American Caribou Workshop http://www.nacw2010.ca/
  • Co-Editor of "Breaking Ice: Renewable Resource and Ocean Management in the Canadian North"
  • Member, Landscape Ecology Society
  • Member, Ecological Society of America
  • Member, Woodland Caribou Management Working Group, Northwest and northern regions of Manitoba