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Stephen Insley
Associate Conservation Scientist, Arctic Beringia Program
Dr. Stephen Insley is a member of the WCS Arctic Beringia program based in Whitehorse, Yukon, with a geographical focus on the western Canadian Arctic spanning west across the Arctic Beringia region including Alaska and Russia. His marine conservation program focuses on the effects of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and northern communities. To date his research has had three general themes: (1) animal acoustic behaviour (e.g. vocal recognition); (2) the application of behavioural ecology principals and techniques to conservation biology (e.g., noise impacts, fisheries interactions); and (3) conservation through local stewardship (e.g. community-based ecological monitoring). His approach has involved experimental field biology, mostly with pinnipeds and seabirds, and working with remote subsistence communities. He has conducted his research in a wide variety of field locations including the Bering Sea, the North and South Pacific and the North Atlantic Oceans. He is an Adjunct Professor of Biology at the University of Victoria, B.C.
Trevor Haynes
Arctic Beringia Fisheries Ecologist
As an ecologist interested in the study of natural animal populations, Trevor Haynes has always been fascinated by the Arctic. Trevor began his research career in more temperate regions, earning his Master’s degree with the University of Victoria examining the habitat use of the Pacific sand lance, a key marine forage fish in the Pacific Northwest. For his doctorate degree with the University of Alaska, Trevor shifted his focus to Arctic species, investigating the distributions of Arctic fish and fundamental aspects of loon nesting ecology. During this research, Trevor became intensely interested in the ecological processes that influence the distributions, movements and behavior of Arctic animals. Through his current post-doctoral position with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Alaska, Trevor continues to pursue his passion for high latitude research in his study of Arctic lagoon ecology. Trevor plans to apply his background in fisheries biology and distribution modeling to improve the understanding of Arctic lagoon systems, including their importance for Arctic fish and subsistence fisheries.
William Halliday
Associate Conservation Scientist, Arctic Beringia Program
William is an Associate Conservation Scientist in WCS Canada’s Arctic Beringia Program. He is based out of the Department of Biology at the University of Victoria, and works closely with Dr. Steve Insley in WCS Canada’s Whitehorse office. William studies marine mammals and fish in the western Canadian Arctic using passive acoustic monitoring (i.e. underwater listening). He examines how climate change and ships influence these animals, and is particularly interested in noise pollution and the development of effective marine spatial planning. Previously, William was a post-doctoral fellow with WCS Canada, completed his PhD at the University of Ottawa, and his MSc and BSc at Lakehead University. Check out his website (wdhalliday.weebly.com) and follow him on Twitter (@wdhalliday) to learn more about the work he is doing.
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