Research Scientist Emeritus, Wildlife Research Division
Science and Technology Branch, Environment
Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Sciences,
AB. T6G 2E9
IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group
Advisor, Polar Bears International
Weston Family Award for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research, 2015
Norris Award for lifetime achievement in Mammal Science, Society for Marine Mammalogy, 2013
Doctor of Science: University of Alberta and University of British Columbia,
Royal Society of Canada, 2007
Science Award, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, 2003
Order of Canada, 2000
My research interests are with the population ecology of seals in both polar regions and polar bears in the
Arctic, the effects of climate warming on polar bears and seals, and conservation and management of polar bears, seals, and polar marine ecosystems. Since retirement from running active field programs, my research activity primarily consists of analyzing data I have collected over the years on a variety of topics and writing papers, either in collaboration with colleagues and graduate students or on my own. I continue to gather modest amounts of new data on an opportunistic basis in a number of other polar venues.
I am no longer taking graduate students for research-based theses but continue to participate on thesis committees. On a request basis, I continue to do guest lectures and provide informal advice and comment to students in the Department of Biological Sciences,
Alberta, and elsewhere.
Recent publications that reflect some of my research interests:
Most recent book on polar bears:
I. 2011. Polar Bears: The Natural History of a Threatened Species. Fitzhenry and Whiteside.
ON. 334 pp.