Publications – Melissa Todd

Position Title: Research Wildlife Ecologist

Contact: B.C. Government Directory

Melissa conducts applied field research into the biology and ecology of a range of coastal vertebrate and invertebrate wildlife species, communities and habitats: from bugs to bears. Her research fills scientific knowledge gaps to improve the success of wildlife and habitat conservation in land use policy, planning and management in coastal BC. 

Current research projects

  • Population, habitat, and spatial ecology of coastal amphibians
  • Molecular detection of cryptic aquatic herptiles
  • Trophic ecology of coastal mesocarnivores
  • Cumulative effects of invasive species and land use
  • Wildlife response to drought in coastal ecosystems
  • Habitat ecology of dead wood in coastal forests


Listed in order of publication date.


  • McEwan, A.L., C.J. Johnson, M. Todd, and P. Govindarajulu. 2021. Resource selection and movement of the coastal tailed frog in response to forest harvesting. For. Ecol. Manag. 497 (2021) 119448 [Link]
  • Breault, D.N., C.J. Johnson, M. Todd, and M.P. Gillingham. 2021. Resource use by an apex mesocarnivore, Pacific marten, in a highly modified forested island ecosystem. For. Ecol. Manag. 492 (2021) 119167 [Link]
  • Breault, D.N., C.J. Johnson, M. Todd, S.S. Verenitch, and M.P. Gillingham. 2021. Spatial and temporal variability in the diet of Pacific marten (Martes caurina) on Haida Gwaii: an apex predatory in a highly modified ecosystem. Can. J. Zool. 99 (6): 459–469 (2021). [Link]


  • Canuti, M., M. Todd, P. Monteiro, K. Van Osch, R. Weir, H. Schwantje, A.P. Britton, and A.S. Lang.  2020. Ecology and infection dynamics of multi-host amdoparvoviral and protoparvoviral carnivore pathogens.  Pathogens 9(2): 124 [Link]


  • F. L. Waterhouse, F.I. Doyle, L. Turney, B. Wijdeven, M. Todd, C. Bergman, and R.G. Vennesland.  2017.  Spring and winter home ranges of the Haida Gwaii Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus brooksi). J. Rapt. Res. 51(2):153-164



  • D'Anjou, B., F.L. Waterhouse, M. Todd, and P. Braumberger. 2015. A systematic review of stand level forest management for enhancing and recruiting Spotted Owl habitat in British Columbia. Prov. B.C., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 091. [Link]


  • Gyug, L.W., R.J. Higgins, M.A. Todd, J.M. Meggs, and B. Staffan Lindgren.  2014.  Dietary dependence of Williamson’s Sapsucker nestlings on ants associated with dead and decaying wood In British Columbia.  Can. J. For. Res. 44: 628-637