Forest and Conservation Sciences
Forest Sciences Centre 3607
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver , BC V6T 1Z4
work phone: 604-822-1886

Research Areas:

  • Population demography and genetics of vertebrates
  • Biogeography of native plant and animal communities
  • Adaptive management and monitoring of rare species and ecosystems
  • Conservation area design


The population demography and genetics of island organisms


Phenotypic and genetic differentiation of song sparrows


Indirect effects of humans on plant and animal species invasions


Biogeography of Garry Oak associated species


Trend Detection and Cause of Population Decline in Fish-eating Birds

Environment Canada

Evolution of phenology and morphology in Plectritis congesta

Professional Affiliations


US National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award in Integrative Biology and Neuroscience , 1994
Outstanding Undergraduate Advisor, University of Wisconsin-Madison , 1998
Killam Research Fellow , 1990
NSERC Discovery Accelerator Grant , 2010

Current Graduate Students

Joseph Bennett, PhD
Biogeography of Meadow Patches on Vancouver Island and Adjacent Islands
Louise Blight, PhD
Long-term population trends in the glaucous-winged gulls Larus glaucescens of the strait of georgia – sentinels for a century of ecosystem change
Martha Essak, MSc
Natural selection on lay date in birds
Ryan Germain, PhD
Salutations First Middle Last Credentials
Cheyney Jackson, MSc
Post-release side fidelity of captive-bred and wild Vancouver Island Marmots
Richard Schuster, PhD
Conservation area designs for the restoration of terrestrial ecosystems in the Georgia Basin
Adam Ford, PhD
Ecology and evolution of anti-predator and foraging behavior in African mammals
Angela Boag, MSc
Predictive models of native and exotic species distribution
Robyn Appleton, PhD
Ecology and conservation of spectactled bears

Current Courses

Winter 2014

FRST495 Biological Diversity and Forest Management Sections

Principles, problems, and practices of managing forests and nature reserves for biological diversity; integration of forestry and wildlife with particular emphasis on diversity of all life forms.

Winter 2014

FRST507C Topics in Forest Science - TPS FRST SCIENCE Sections

Selected Publications

Reid, JM, LF Keller, AB Marr, P Nietlisbach, RJ Sardell & P Arcese (2014). Pedigree error due to extra-pair reproduction substantially biases estimates of inbreeding depression. Evolution 68: 802-815
Germain, R.R. & P. Arcese (2014). Distinguishing individual quality from habitat preference and quality in a territorial passerine. Ecology95:436–445
Arcese, P, R Schuster, L Campbell, A Barber & TG Martin (2014). Deer density and plant palatability predict shrub cover, richness, diversity and aboriginal food value in a North American archipelago. Diversity and Distributions, in press.
Reid, JM, P Arcese LF Keller & S Losdat (2014). Female and male genetic effects on offspring paternity: additive genetic co-variances in female extra-pair reproduction and male paternity success in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) Evolution, in press
T. Martin, P. Arcese, P. Kuhnert, A. Gaston, J-L Martin (2013). Prior information reduces uncertainty about the consequences of deer overabundance on forest birds Biological Conservation, in press
Brashares, J.S. and P. Arcese (2013). Ourebia orebi, Oribi Mammals of Africa Vol 5: 406-412.
Wilson S, EM Anderson, ASG Wilson, DF Bertram & P Arcese (2013). Citizen science reveals an extensive shift in the winter distribution of migratory western grebes PloS One, in press.
Bennett, J., W. Cornwell, P. Lilley, M. Vellend and P. Arcese (2013). Abundance, rarity and invasion debt among exotic species in a patchy ecosystem Biological Invasions 15: 707-716
Bennett, J.R. and P. Arcese (2013). Human influence and classical biogeographic predictors of rare species occurrence Conservation Biology, in press.
Lebigre, C., P. Arcese, R.J. Sardell, J.M. Reid (2013). Decomposing variation in male reproductive success: age-specific variances and covariances through extra-pair and within-pair reproduction Journal of Animal Ecology, in press
Jones, T.G., P. Arcese, T. Sharma & N.C. Coops (2013). Describing avifaunal richness with functional and structural bioindicators derived from advanced airborne remotely sensed data International Journal of Remote Sensing, in press
Schuster, R. and P. Arcese (2012). Using focal bird species occurrence to prioritize forests for old growth restoration. Ecography 35: 001–009
Bennett, J., P. Dunwiddie, D. Giblin and P. Arcese (2012). Native versus exotic community patterns across three scales: roles of competition, environment and incomplete invasion Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 14: 381-302
Sardell, R.J., P. Arcese and J.M. Reid (2012). Offspring fitness varies with parental extra-pair status in song sparrows, Melospiza melodia Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Biological Sciences 279: 4078-4086
Taylor, S.R., D.A. Jenkins and P. Arcese (2012). Loss of Mhc and neutral variation in Peary caribou: Genetic drift is not mitigated by balancing selection or exacerbated by Mhc allele distributions PLoS ONE 7(5): e36748. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036748
Lebigre, C., P. Arcese, R.J. Sardell, L.F. Keller, J.M. Reid (2012). Extra-pair paternity and the variance in male fitness in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) Evolution 66: 3111–3129
Sardell, R.J., P. Arcese, L.F. Keller and J.M. Reid (2012). Are there indirect fitness benefits of female extra-pair reproduction? Lifetime reproductive success of within-pair and extra-pair offspring American Naturalist 179: 779-793
Bennett, J., E. Young, D. Giblin, P. Dunwiddie, P. Arcese (2012). Avian dispersal of exotic shrubs in an archipelago Ecoscience 18: 369-374
Sardell R.J., P. Arcese, L.F. Keller, J. Reid (2011). Sex-specific differential survival of extra-pair and within-pair offspring in song sparrows, Melospiza melodia Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Biological Sciences 278: 3251-3259
Janssen, M.H., P. Arcese, T.K. Kyser, D.F. Bertram and D.R. Norris (2011). Stable isotopes reveal strategic allocation of resources during juvenile development in a cryptic and threatened seabird Canadian Journal of Zoology 89: 859-868
Wilson, AG, P Arcese1, YL Chan and MA Patten. (2011). Micro-spatial genetic structure in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Conservation Genetics 12: 213-222.
Martin, TG., Arcese, P. and Scheerder, N. (2011). Browsing down our natural heritage: Deer impacts on vegetation structure and songbird populations across an island archipelago. Biological Conservation 144: 459-469.
Reid, J, Arcese, P, Sardell, R and L Keller. (2011). Heritability of female extra-pair paternity rate in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 278: 1114-1120.
Reid, J, Arcese, P, Sardell, R and L Keller. (2011). Additive Genetic Variance, Heritability, and Inbreeding Depression in Male Extra-Pair Reproductive Success. American Naturalist 177: 177-187.
Postma, E, F Heinrich, U Koller, RJ Sardell, JM Reid, P Arcese and LF Keller. (2011). Disentangling the effect of genes, the environment and chance on sex ratio variation in a wild bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 278, 2996–3002.
Hazlitt SL, Martin TG, Sampson, L, Arcese P (2010). The effects of including marine ecological values in terrestrial reserve planning for a forest-nesting seabird. Biological Conservation 143:1299-1303
Sardell, RJ, Keller, LF, Arcese, P, Bucher, T. and Reid, JM. (2010). Comprehensive paternity assignment: genotype, spatial location and social status in song sparrows, Melospiza melodia. Molecular Ecology 19: 4352 – 4364.
Isaac-Renton, M., JR Bennett and P. Arcese. (2010). Effects of introduced Canada geese (Branta canadensis) on native plant communities of the Southern Gulf Islands, British Columbia. Ecoscience 17: 394-399.
Taylor, SR, Sardell, J., Reid, T. Buchner, N. Taylor, P. Arcese, and L. Keller. (2010). Inbreeding coefficient and heterozygosity-fitness correlations in unhatched and hatched song sparrow nestmates. Molecular Ecology 19: 4454-4461.
Naujokaitis-Lewis, R.I., J.M.R. Curtis, P. Arcese and J. Rosenfeld (2009). Sensitivity analyses of spatial population viability analysis models for species at risk and habitat conservation planning Conservation Biology 23: 225-229.
Best, R.J. and P. Arcese (2009). Exotic herbivores directly facilitate the exotic grasses they graze: mechanisms for an unexpected positive feedback between invaders. Oecologia 159: 139-150.
Cornulier, T, D. Elston, P, Arcese, T. Benton, D. Douglas, X. Lambin, J. Reid, R. Robinson, W. Sutherland. (2009). Estimating the annual number of breeding attempts from breeding dates using mixture models. Ecology Letters 12: 1184-1193
Gutowsky, S.A., Janssen, M.H., P. Arcese, T.K. Kyser, D. Ethier, M.B Wunder, D.F. Bertram, L. Mcfarlane-Tranquilla, Celia Lougheed and D.R. Norris (2009). Concurrent declines in nestling diet quality and reproductive success in a threatened seabirds. Endangered Species Research, 9: 247-254.
Janssen, M.H., P. Arcese, T.K. Kyser, D.F. Bertram, L. McFarlane-Tranquilla, T.D. Williams and D.R. Norris (2009). Pre-breeding diet, condition and timing of breeding in a threatened seabird, the marbled murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus. Marine Ornithology, 37: 33-40.
Keller, L.F., J.M. Reid and P. Arcese. (2008). Testing evolutionary models of senescence in a natural population: Inbreeding and age effects on survival and reproduction in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: in press.
Reid. J. M., P. Arcese and L.F. Keller. (2008). Individual phenotype, kinship and the occurrence of inbreeding in free-living song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Evolution, in press.
Wilson, A.G., Arcese, P., Keller, L., Pruett, C., K Winker, K, MA Patten, M., and Chan, Y. (2008). The contribution of island populations to in situ genetic conservation Conservation Genetics, in press
Pruett, C.L., P, Arcese, Y,L, Chan, A,G. Wilson, M.A. Patten, L.F. Keller and K. Winker. (2008). The effects of contemporary processes in maintaining the genetic structure of western song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Heredity, in press.
Pruett, C.L., P, Arcese, Y,L, Chan, A,G. Wilson, M.A. Patten, L.F. Keller and K. Winker (2008). Concordant and discordant signals between genetic data and described subspecies of Pacific Coast Song Sparrows. The Condor, in press
Jewell, K. and P. Arcese (2008). Consequences of parasite invasion and land use on the spatial dynamics of host populations. Journal of Applied Ecology, in press.
Wilson, A.G. and P. Arcese (2008). Factors influencing natal dispersal in an avian island metapopulation. Journal of Avian Biology, in press
Janssen, M.S., P. Arcese, Sloan, M.H. and K.J. Jewell (2008). Polyandry and Sex Ratio in the Song Sparrow Wilson Journal of Ornithology, in press
Wilson, S., D.R.Norris, A.G. Wilson and P. Arcese (2007). Breeding experience and population density affect the ability of a songbird to respond to future climate variation Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 274: 2539-2545.
Steventon, J.D., G.D. Sutherland and P. Arcese. (2007). A Population-viability-based Assessment of Marbled Murrelet Nesting Habitat Policy in British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 36: 3075-3088.
Hilborn, R., G. Hopcraft and P. Arcese. (2007). Wildlife population increases in Serengeti National Park – Response. Science 315: 1790-1791.
D.R. Norris, P. Arcese, D. Preikshot, D.F. Bertram and T.K. Kyser. (2007). Diet reconstruction and historic population dynamics in a threatened seabird. Journal of Applied Ecology 44:875-884.
Jewell, K.J. P. Arcese, S.E. Gergel (2007). Robust predictions of species distribution: spatial habitat models for a brood parasite Biological Conservation 140: 259-272
Wilson, S. and P. Arcese (2006). Nest depredation, brood parasitism and reproductive variation in island song sparrow populations. The Auk 123: 784-794.
O’Connor, K.D. A.B. Marr, P. Arcese, L.F. Keller, K.J. Jeffery and M.W. Bruford. (2006). Extra-Pair Fertilization and Effective Population Size in the Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) Journal of Avian Biology 37: 572-578.
Reid, J.M., P. Arcese and L.F. Keller. (2006). Intrinsic parent-offspring correlation in inbreeding level in a song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) population open to immigration. American Naturalist 168: 1-13.
Reid. J., P. Arcese, L.F. Keller, K. Elliott, L. Sampson and D. Hasselquist. (2006). Sex-specific inbreeding effects on cell-mediated and humoral immunity in free-living song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 274: 697-706.
Reid, J. P. Arcese and D. Hasselquist. (2006). Long-term maternal effect on offspring immune response in song sparrows Melospiza melodia. Biology Letters 2: 573-575.
Smith, J.N.M., L.F. Keller, A.B. Marr, and P. Arcese (eds) (2006). Biology of small populations: the song sparrows of Mandarte Island Oxford University Press, New York. Oxford Monographs in Population Biology
Arcese, P. and A.B. Marr (2006). Population viability in the presence and absence of cowbirds, catastrophic mortality, and immigration Oxford University Press, New York in In Smith, J.N.M., L.F. Keller, A.B. Marr and P. Arcese (eds). Biology of small populations: the song sparrows of Mandarte Island. Oxford University Press, New York.
Smith, J.N.M., A.B. Marr, P. Arcese and L.F. Keller (2006). The Song Sparrow and the Brown-headed Cowbird. Oxford University Press, New York In Smith, J.N.M., L.F. Keller, A.B. Marr and P. Arcese (eds). Biology of small populations: the song sparrows of Mandarte Island. Oxford University Press, New York
Smith, J.N.M., A.B. Marr, P. Arcese and L.F. Keller (2006). Fluctuations in Numbers: Population Regulation and Catastrophic Mortality Oxford University Press, New York In Smith, J.N.M., L.F. Keller, A.B. Marr and P. Arcese (eds). Biology of small populations: the song sparrows of Mandarte Island. Oxford University Press, New York.
Smith, J.N.M., Arcese, P., O’Connor, K.D. and Reid, J.M (2006). Social mechanisms: dominance, territoriality, song and the mating system. Oxford University Press, New York. In Smith, J.N.M., L.F. Keller, A.B. Marr and P. Arcese (eds). Biology of small populations: the song sparrows of Mandarte Island. Oxford University Press, New York.
Hilborn, R., P. Arcese, M. Borner, J. Hando, G. Hopcraft, M. Loibooki, S.A.R. Mduma, A.R.E. Sinclair. (2006). Effective enforcement in a conservation area. Science 314: 1266.
Reid, J.M, P, Arcese, A.L.E.V. Cassidy, S.M. Heibert, A.B.Marr, J.N.M.Smith, P.K. Stoddard & L.F. Keller. (2005). Song repertoire size predicts initial mating success in male song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Animal Behaviour, 68:1055-1063.
Reid, J.M., Arcese, P., Cassidy, A.L.E.V., Marr, A.B., Smith, J.N.M. and Keller, L.F. (2005). Hamilton and Zuk meet heterozygosity? Song repertoire size signals inbreeding and immunity in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B, 272: 481-487
Reid, J.M., P. Arcese, A.L.E.V. Cassidy, S.M. Hiebert, J.N.M. Smith, P.K. Stoddard, A.B. Marr and L.F. Keller. (2005). Fitness correlates of song repertoire size in free-living song sparrows (Melospiza melodia). The American Naturalist 165: 299-310.
Brashares, J.S., P. Arcese, M.K. Sam, P.B. Coppolillo, A.R.E. Sinclair and A. Balmford (2004). Bushmeat Hunting, Wildlife Declines, and Fish Supply in West Africa Science 306:1180-1183.
Burger, A.E., T.A. Chatwin, S.A. Cullen, N.L. Holmes, I.A. Manley, M.H. Mather, B.K. Schroeder, J.D. Steventon, P. Arcese and E. Selak. (2004). Application of radar surveys in the management of nesting habitat for Marbled Murrelets in British Columbia Marine Ornithology 32: 1-11.
Marr, A.B., Arcese, P., W.M. Hochchaka, J.M. Reid, and L.F. Keller. (2004). Interactive effects of environmental effects and inbreeding in a wild bird population. The Journal of Animal Ecology 75: 1406-1415.
Brashares, J.S. & P. Arcese (2004). The oribi, Ourebia ourebi. Academic Press, London. The Mammals of Africa, J. Kingdon, D. Happold & T. Butynski, eds.
Reid, J.M., P. Arcese & L. F. Keller. (2004). Inbreeding depresses immune response in song sparrows (Melospiza melodia): direct and inter-generational effects. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, 270:2152-2157.
Wilson, S & P. Arcese. (2004). El Nino dirves timing of breeding but not population growth in the song sparrow (Melospiza melodia). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 100: 11139-11142.
Arcese, P. (2004). Individual quality, environment and conservation. Island Press, Washington, DC. Pgs 271-297, in Animal Behavior and Wildlife Conservation (M. Festa-Bianchet & M. Apollonio, eds).
(2004). Eliciting Expert Knowledge in Conservation Science
Arcese, P, M.K. Sogge, A.B. Marr & M. Patten. (2003). The Song Sparrow. Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences. Philadelphia, PA. In The Birds of the North America, No. 704 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds).
Emily K. Gonzales, Peter Arcese, Rueben Schulz, and Fred L. Bunnell (2003). Strategic reserve design in the central coast of British Columbia: integrating ecological and industrial goals Canadian Journal of Forest Research 33: 2129–2140.
J. Douglas Steventon, Glenn D. Sutherland, and Peter Arcese (2003). Long-term Risks to Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) Populations: Assessing Alternative Forest Management Policies in Coastal British Columbia Res.Br.,B.C.Min.For.,Victoria,B.C.Tech.Rep.012.
J. Douglas Steventon, Glenn D. Sutherland, and Peter Arcese (2003). Policy Implications of an Assessment of Long-term Risks to Marbled Murrelet Populations in British Columbia Res.Br.,B.C.Min.For.,Victoria, B.C.Exten.Note.66.
Chan, Y.H.-L. & P. Arcese. (2003). Morphological and microsatellite differentiation in Melospiza melodia (Aves) at a microgeographic scale. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 16:939-947.
Saunders, C.A., P. Arcese & K.D. O’Connor. (2003). Influence of nest site on parasitism by brown headed cowbirds in the song sparrow. The Wilson Bulletin
Brashares, J.S., P. Arcese and M.K. Sam. (2003). Extinction and human population demography in African wildlife reserves. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, B. 268: 2473-2478.
Sinclair, A.R.E., S.A.R. Mduma and P. Arcese. (2003). Protected areas as biodiversity benchmarks: Decline in birds of the Serengeti region. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, B. 269:2401-2405.
Chan, Y.L. and P. Arcese. (2002). Subspecific differentiation and conservation of song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) in the San Francisco bay region inferred by microsatellite loci analysis. The Auk 119: 641-657
Marr, A.B., L.F. Keller and P. Arcese. (2002). Offspring of natural immigrants to an inbred population of song sparrows show evidence of F1 heterosis and F2 outbreeding depression. Evolution 56: 131-132.
Arcese, P. and G. Sutherland. (2001). Conservation Risk Assessment: A review of methods with recommendations for the marbled murrelet in British Columbia. B.C. Report to B.C.Min.For.,For.Practices Br.,Vic- toria,B.C.
Keller, L.F., K.J. Jeffery, P. Arcese, M.A. Beaumont, W.M. Hochachka, J.N.M. Smith, and M.W. Bruford. (2001). Immigration and the ephemerality of a natural population bottleneck: evidence from molecular markers. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Lodon, B. 268: 1387-1394.
Brashares, J.S, T. Garland, Jr., and P. Arcese. (2000). Phylogenetic analysis of coadaptation in behavior, diet, and body size in the African antelope. Behavioural Ecology 4:452-463.
Jeffery, K.J., L.F. Keller, P. Arcese, and M.W. Bruford. (2000). The development of microsatellite loci in the song sparrow, Melospiza melodia and genotyping errors associated with good quality DNA. Molecular Ecology Notes 1.
Seather, B.-E, S. Engen, R. Lande, P. Arcese, and J.N.M. Smith. (2000). Estimating time to extinction in an island population of song sparrows. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London, B. 267:621-626.
Sinclair, A.R.E., S.A.R. Mduma, and P. Arcese. (2000). What determines phenology and syncrhony of ungulate breeding in Serengeti? Ecology 81:2100-2111.
Tufto, J., B.-E. Seather, S. Engen, P. Arcese, K. Jerstad, O.W. Rolstad, and J.N.M. Smith. (2000). Bayesian meta-analysis of demographic parameters in three small temperate passerines. Oikos 88:273-281.
Arcese, P. (1999). Effect of auxiliary males on the rate of territory loss in oribi and the attributes of multi-male groups. -Animal Behaviour 57:61-71.
Arcese, P. and J.N.M. Smith. (1999). Impacts of nest predators and brood parasites on the production of North American passerines. In: Adams, N. and Slotow, R. (eds.) Proc. 22 Int’l Ornithol. Coongr. Durban, University of Natal.
Brashares, J.S. and P. Arcese. (1999). Scent marking in a territorial African antelope: I. The maintenance of borders between male oribi. Animal Behaviour 57:1-10.
Brashares, J. S. and P. Arcese. (1999). Scent marking in a territorial African antelope: II. The economics of marking with faeces. Animal Behaviour 57:11-17.
Davis, A. and P. Arcese. (1999). An examination of Migration in the song sparrows using banding recovery data. North American Bird-bander 24:124-128.
Smith, J.N.M., M.J. Taitt, C.M. Rogers, P. Arcese, L.F. Keller, A.L.E.V. Cassidy, and W.M. Hochacka. (1999). A metapopulation approach to the population biology of song sparrows. Ibis 138:120-128.
Keller, L. F. and P. Arcese. (1998). No evidence for inbreeding avoidance in an island population of song sparrows. American Naturalist 152:380-392.
Arcese, P. and A.R.E. Sinclair (1997). The role of protected areas as ecological baselines. -Journal of Wildlife Management 61:587-602.
Arcese, P. and V.M. Bauldry. (1997). A corroboration of the Breeding Bird Survey. North American Bird-bander 22:169-172.
Arcese, P., L.F. Keller and J.R. Cary. (1997). Why hire a behaviorist into your conservation or management team? Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Pp. 48-71 in J. Clemmons and R. Buchholz (eds.), Behavioral Approaches to Conservation in the Wild.
Barrett, C.B. and Arcese, P. (1997). How long until crisis in African wildlife integrated conservation and development projects (ICDPs)? Simulation results from the Serengeti ecosystem. Land Economics 74:449-465.
Bauldry, V.M., D. Biemborn and P. Arcese. (1997). Return rates of migrating adult Eastern bluebirds in relation to sex, winter weather and population size. North American Bird-bander, 68:129-137.
Radunzel, L.A., D.M. Muschitz, V.M. Bauldry, and P. Arcese. (1997). A long-term study of variation in the breeding success of eastern bluebirds by year and cavity type. Journal of Field Ornithology, 68:7-18.
Arcese, P., J.N.M. Smith and M.I. Hatch. (1996). Nest predation by cowbirds and its consequences for passerine demography. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 93:4608-4611.