Support Innovative Wildlife Research

UWinnipeg Professor and Researcher Dr. Susan Lingle is making major breakthroughs in the research of animal behaviour.

Kelsey braving the cold south of MagrathUPDATE (December 1) – Thank you to everyone that has invested in the Lingle lab’s ground-breaking work! Thanks to your generosity, we are a quarter of the way at reaching our goal.

Since taking part in the field course, Kelsey Saboraki has stayed on with the lab and has decided to pursue her MSc. The image to the right is of Kelsey braving the elements to observe whitetail and mule deer in their natural habitat.

With your help, the lab can continue to sponsor students like Kelsey who contribute to this innovative wildlife research.

Also, check out the most recent article by Scientific American on the Lingle Lab here. To read more about the Lingle Lab, please check out the links at the bottom of the page.

UWinnipeg Professor and Researcher Dr. Susan Lingle is making major breakthroughs in the research of animal behaviour; from understanding inter-species relationships and parent-infant communication; to how social and mating behaviour influence the transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease, a disease spreading across North American deer populations.

Dr. Lingle’s commitment to research, innovation and her students creates a successful environment for this work, and opportunities for students who are able to participate or even conduct their own research in the field and in the lab.

A Newborn’s Cry Transcends Species

As published in the prestigious American Naturalist, the Lingle Lab’s recent research suggests that fundamental similarities in infant cries and parental responses to these cries may not be due to a special human capacity for empathy, but instead is an instinct shared across mammals. See American Naturalist article:

This discovery is leading to many new research directions in the Lingle Lab and has applications to human and animal health and welfare such as using features of infant cries to diagnose certain health conditions, designing the sound environment to relieve stress on animals living in captivity, and informed use of infant cries and surrogate mothers to promote fostering of orphaned animals.

Dr. Lingle needs funding to hire research trainee, Min Hooi Yong, as a Postdoctoral Fellow as well as undergraduate students, Cora Romanow and Travis Bannatyne, as summer research assistants to continue this research focusing on applications to human and animal health.

Inter-Species Hybridization and Disease Spread in Wildlife:

The Lingle Lab is examining how social and mating behaviour of white-tailed deer and mule deer can lead to inter-species hybridization and can influence the transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease, a disease spreading across North American deer populations.

This study will enable us to identify features of habitats and deer populations that increase the risk of hybridization and the transmission of disease. With that information, we can develop specific management policies to reduce the spread.

Dr. Lingle needs start-up funding for this project to help support Postdoctoral Fellow, Agnès Pelletier, student technician, Kelsey Saboraki, and Master’s student, Jason Airst, as they plan and conduct fieldwork and data analyses.

Hands-On Student Engagement:

Students working in the lab develop many skills while being involved in research from developing their ability to think logically and critically; their ability to communicate ideas in written and in oral presentations; and advanced statistical training. Students in the lab attend conferences and publish their own research and have gone on to obtain jobs in conservation with government agencies and with private consulting firms. Many have and are pursuing graduate studies in biology or advanced training in animal or human health.

The skills these students attain by conducting this research enable them to be competitive when applying for jobs or advanced study.

If you don’t want to make a gift online, you can also send a cheque to:

The University of Winnipeg Foundation
901 - 491 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E4

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Scientific American article - Crying Baby Mammals All Sound the Same to Mama

New Scientist article - Primal pull of a baby crying reaches across species

IFLScience article - A Baby’s Cry Transcends Species

Quirks and Quarks article - Infant Cries Have Universal Appeal

Breakfast Television interview 

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