David Hope

Quantitative wildlife biologist.

Research Interests

I began my career thinking biology was a way to save the planet. I learned pretty early on that to generate the evidence required to save anything you needed an understanding of the behaviour of animals, good field methodology, strong statistical skills, and the ability to use theory to model that which cannot be measured. In the end I'm interested in accurately monitoring and measuring the species that we share our planet with. I have worked with various study species including western and semipalmated sandpipers,dunlins, raccoons, deer mice, black bears, blue and great tits, and reindeer.

PhD Research


Currently, population status migrating shorebird species are determined through laborious counts that provide unreliable population trends only after many years of work. I explored the role that behavioural variation to changing conditions can play in shaping the counts of shorebirds on migration. You can learn more about this project at the project webpage


Email is usually the best way to contact me, but I'm more excited when I get a message on Mastodon.