Apex predator in peril: Polar Bears in a Warming Arctic

Andrew Derocher

Andrew Derocher (University of Alberta)

After graduating from a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Alberta (1991), Dr Derocher worked with Environment Canada, and was the polar bear research scientist at the Norwegian Polar Institute for 7 years. He has since returned to Canada where he holds the role of Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He was the past-chair of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group and a member since 1996.

A leading polar bear researcher, Dr. Derocher has authored and co-authored over 170 peer reviewed papers on polar bear population dynamics, habitat use, effects of harvest, behaviour, diet, ecotoxicology, and the effects of climate change. If you’d like to know more about this work, and the beautiful creatures he studies, why not take a look at his book Polar Bears: A Complete Guide to their Biology and Behavior published by Johns Hopkins University Press.