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Brandon Laforest
Brandon Laforest
Senior Specialist, Arctic Species & Ecosystems
Brandon received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Guelph in Wildlife Biology, and his master’s degree from the University of Guelph in Animal Nutrition and Metabolism. He is currently finishing his doctoral studies at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, with his research focusing on the feeding ecology of the Southern Hudson Bay subpopulation of polar bears in relation to a changing climate. He has also worked in conjunction with Cree communities along the shores of southeastern Hudson Bay and James Bay to incorporate Traditional Ecological Knowledge into his analysis of polar bear food web dynamics in the region. This integrative research program has allowed Brandon to study polar bears from a variety of perspectives as a member of various research teams; including handling wild polar bears to obtain valuable biological samples, conducting large-scale aerial surveys of polar bears at the population level, conducting interviews with local elders and hunters from northern communities, and working with zoos to initiate feeding trial studies to better understand polar bear metabolism. Brandon decided to pursue a career in northern studies after travelling to Churchill, Manitoba during his undergraduate studies, and falling in love with northern wildlife and landscapes.

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Keeping mining development out of the caribou nurseries
Nunavut Land Use Plan offers major caribou conservation opportunity

New plan includes four ways to keep the beluga swimming wild and free. Here’s how
The government of Manitoba released its first provincial plan to protect beluga habitat in Western Hudson Bay.

Protections could be coming for Hudson Bay belugas
The world’s largest summering concentration of beluga whales – roughly 57,000 – can be found in western Hudson Bay

Arctic beluga whales facing multiple challenges brought on by climate change
As with many Arctic sea ice dependent species, beluga whales are affected by the loss of sea ice caused by climate change.