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Michael Noonan, Ph.D.

Smithsonian Fellow
B.S., Concordia University; Ph.D., University of Oxford

Michael Noonan is a Smithsonian fellow at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Conservation Ecology Center. He is a behavioral ecologist by training, and his research is focused on the efficient integration of fundamental ecological theory into conservation initiatives.

Noonan’s doctoral research focused on using novel animal tracking technologies to develop a better understanding of how motivation and optimal foraging theory influenced the behavioral decisions. In turn, these decisions have profound conservation implications, influencing both the way in which animals are responding to human induced climate change and our ability to effectively monitor populations. At SCBI’s Conservation Ecology Center, he is working with quantitative ecologists Justin Calabrese and Chris Fleming on furthering statistically appropriate methods for bridging the gap between technological developments and practical ecology.
Noonan received an undergraduate degree in ecology from Concordia University in 2012, where he studied fish behavior and conservation. He earned his doctorate in zoology from the University of Oxford in 2016.