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Dr. Pete Ewins

dr-pete-ewinsDr. Pete Ewins

Arctic Wildlife Bioligist

Based in Toronto, Dr. Pete Ewins is a wildlife biologist with extensive experience in the Arctic. A senior officer, species, with World Wildlife Fund Canada, Pete leads WWF Canada’s Arctic species conservation work, focusing on flagship species—the polar bear and ice-dependent whales (bowheads, belugas and narwhals.).

Pete has assisted Team Sedna’s scientists in shaping their investigations and has shared his vast knowledge of Arctic species.


Pete joined WWF-Canada as Director of the Endangered Species Program in 1996. From 2000-2006, he directed WWF Canada’s Arctic conservation work, focusing on shifting the industrial development paradigm to one that provides adequately for conservation of intact ecosystems and ecological and cultural diversity.

Early in his career, Pete spent twelve years in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, where he worked as an assistant warden at the world-famous Fair Isle Bird Observatory, banding of hundreds of thousands of birds. Pete’s doctoral work there focused on the impacts of the North Sea oil industry on seabirds and marine systems. He later joined the UK government as the Nature Conservancy Council officer for Shetland.

Pete’s WWF Profile: http://www.wwf.ca/about_us/experts/peter_ewins2.cfm

Pete’s Blog: http://blog.wwf.ca/blog/author/pete/

Pete’s Partial Publication List:

  • Reeves, R.R., Ewins, P.J., Heidi-Jorgensen, M.P., Kovacs, K.M., Gavrilo, M., Lydersen, C., Suydam, R., Agbayani, S., Elliott, W., Polet, G., van Dijk, Y., Blijleven, R. (in prep). Arctic Cetaceans (Bowhead, Narwhal, Beluga): Occurrence in relation to hydrocarbon development and commercial shipping and the impacts of climate change. Marine Policy (for 2013).
  • Ewins, P.J. (2005). Conservation and Hunting in Northern Regions: Community-based hunting as a Conservation Tool. In: Freeman, M.R., Hudson, R.J., Foote, L. (Eds.). Conservation Hunting: People and Wildlife in Canada’s North. Occasional Publication Series No. 56. Canadian Circumpolar Institute. Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Ewins, P.J., Weseloh, D.V., Fox, G.A., Bishop, C.A., Boughen, T. (2001). Using wildlife to monitor contaminants and their effects in the North American Great Lakes ecosystem. In: Munawar, M., Hecky, R.E. (eds.) The Great Lakes of the World: food-web, health and integrity. Ecovision World Monograph Series. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden, The Netherlands.

The full publication list can be view here. The full list is towards the bottom of the page.