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Matthew Wheatley, PhD. Biologist, Senior Scientist, Ecology, research, Project Management, applied science, Ecological Services

Matthew Wheatley
Senior Scientist, Applications and Research (from October 2016 to October 2018)

PhD in Ecology
University of Victoria, 2010

MSc Ecology and Environmental Biology
University of Alberta, 1998

BSc Zoology
University of Alberta, 1994


Matthew has over two decades of wildlife and ecosystem research and management experience throughout Alberta, British Columbia, and Yukon. He specializes in ecological applications and research, and has over 18 peer-reviewed scientific publications that cover a broad range of subjects, from the effects of riparian buffer widths on species composition, to the spatial patterns in breeding success of grizzly bears. With advanced skills and knowledge in the areas of ecological modeling and statistics Matthew has served as an invited reviewer for many peer-reviewed ecological journals , and has applied research experience in the areas of wildlife movement and spatial ecology, environmental impact assessment, protected areas management, and landscape management and planning.


Matthew is an ecosystem scientist with over 20 years of experience in ecological research and scientific review, with roles spanning industry, academia, and within the provincial government. Matthew is also an Adjunct Professor in Ecology at the University of Alberta where his research focuses on human-wildlife interactions, spatial ecology, and the evaluation of ecological methodologies. While in government, Matthew led the Alberta Parks’ Ecology Program in the development of their Environmental Review Standards, and has completed environmental assessments for protected areas throughout Alberta. Much of his work employs camera trapping of both wildlife and people, and modeling these interactions to inform (for example) caribou recovery and fire management, mitigating human interactions with Grizzly Bears, and planning for biodiversity policy targets. In a scientific review capacity, he has acted as an invited reviewer for manuscripts submitted to many wildlife-ecology journals focusing specifically on wildlife movement and spatial analyses including Landscape Ecology, The Journal of Wildlife Management, Ecography, The Journal of Applied Ecology, and Biological Conservation, amongst others.

Notable Work:

The Landscape Ecology of Human Health – Project Lead: researched the relatedness of landscape structure and biodiversity to human health; a collaboration with Alberta Health, University of Alberta, and the Alberta Government.

Designed the Research and Innovation Strategy for Alberta Environment and Parks integrating government priorities with Alberta’s Innovation Community.

Avian Biodiversity Monitoring in Lois Hole Provincial Park – Project Lead: developed a camera design to capture telephoto time-lapse imagery to capture avian biodiversity for long-term trend monitoring within Lois Hole Provincial Park.

The Willmore Biodiversity Research Project – Project Co-Lead: developed methods for examining biodiversity detectability and modeling in the Northern Rockies. Resulting  publications: (1 of 3), (2 of 3), (3 of 3) .

Sundance Provincial Park Hydro-Biodiversity Project – Project Lead: developed a remote-sensing project defining protected area boundaries based on plant biodiversity detected using a surrogate of hydrological information derived from satellite imagery. Resulting publication.


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