Julia Kilgour, Ph.D.


Conservation & Science


Urban Wildlife Institute


Adjunct Scientist


Ph.D. – Animal Behavior, University of Guelph
M.S. – Behavioral Ecology of Bats, University of Regina
B.S. – Zoology Specialist, University of Toronto

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Areas of Expertise

  • Wildlife ecology
  • Animal behavior
  • Bat biology


Julia began her study of wildlife and animal behavior as an undergraduate when she traveled to the Canadian Arctic to research the population dynamics of lemmings. Soon afterward, she embarked on a semester-long study-abroad program focusing on wildlife biology and conservation in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. During her academic career, she has conducted research on a range of species and topics, including acoustic communication in wild three-spined sticklebacks, the ecology and social behavior of bats, and the effect of the social environment on the evolution of aggression in fruit flies.

In her position as an adjunct researcher with the Urban Wildlife Institute, Julia is part of the DC Cat Count project. This interdisciplinary research study combines camera traps, transect walks, household surveys, and shelter intake and outcome data to estimate outdoor, indoor, and shelter cat populations, as well as the dynamic movement of cats between each population segment. This multifaceted project is run in collaboration with the Humane Rescue Alliance, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, PetSmart Charities, the Humane Society of the United States, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as well as individual researchers from across the country.


  • Kilgour, R.J., Magle, S.B., Slater, M. et al.   2017. Estimating free-roaming cat populations and the effects of one year Trap-Neuter-Return management effort in a highly urban area. Urban Ecosystems, 20: 207.
  • Gallo, T., Lehrer, E. W., Fidino, M., Kilgour, R. J., Wolff, P. J., & Magle, S. 2017. Need for multiscale planning for conservation of urban bats. Conservation Biology: The Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13047.
  • Lehrer, E.W., R.L. Schooley, J.M. Nevis, R.J. Kilgour, P.J. Wolff, and S.B. Magle. 2016. Happily ever after? Fates of translocated nuisance woodchucks in the Chicago metropolitan area. Urban Ecosystems (early online version), 1-15.