Dr. Gail R. Michener
Dr. Gail R. Michener (nee Mitchell) was born in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England. She grew up in Australia, where she obtained a B. Sc. (Honors) in zoology from the University of Adelaide, South Australia in 1967. In 1972, she received her Ph. D. from the University of Saskatchewan, Regina (now the University of Regina) in Canada for her studies on social relationships in Richardson's ground squirrels. She married Dan Michener in 1971 and became a Canadian citizen in 1975.
Gail Michener retired from her position as Professor of Biological Sciences and Board of Governors Research Chair at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in June 2008. She continues to conduct research funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada at the University of Lethbridge in her capacity as Professor Emeritus.
The primary objective of Gail Michener's long-term study of Richardson's ground squirrels (Spermophilus richardsonii) is to interpret behavioural ecology and social organization in terms of kinship and sexual differences in reproductive effort. Her work with a population of Richardson's ground squirrels located 40 km N of Lethbridge, Alberta focuses on life history, causes of mortality, underground use of space, hibernation, and spatial associations among female kin.
Dr. Michener is the author of 55 refereed scientific articles and 5 book chapters, most focusing on Richardson's ground squirrels. See Michener Publications.
Dr. Michener can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards and Fellowships:
Major Service in National and International Organizations
Research on Richardson's ground squirrels has been funded continuously since 1980 by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada.