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COSEWIC Annual Report 2004

Appendix III

 

BIOSKETCHES

 

Non-government Member

1. Recommendation - Dr. Jeffrey Hutchings (renewal)


Dr. Hutchings received a Ph. D. from Memorial University in 1991 and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Edinburgh and at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in St. John's. He became a faculty member at Dalhousie University in 1995 and is currently a full Professor. Dr. Hutchings has compiled an impressive record of research focussing on the conservation of marine fishes and the ecology of gadid and salmonid fishes. Dr. Hutchings has published over 80 publications in the peer-reviewed literature including sentinel publications on exploited marine species, and is well known for communicating this science to Canadian Society. Dr. Hutchings also authored the 2003 COSEWIC status report on Atlantic Cod.

Dr. Hutchings has considerable knowledge and experience with respect to the biology and management of Canadian marine, anadromous and freshwater fishes. He is most knowledgeable regarding Atlantic Canadian marine and freshwater environments and freshwater environments in Ontario. Dr. Hutchings has been a member of the COSEWIC Marine Fishes SSC since 1997 and has been a Non-government Member of COSEWIC since 2001. This has given him a strong foundation in species assessment and in formulating recommendations with respect to biological status. Dr. Hutchings has also published several peer-reviewed papers addressing the application of the IUCN criteria which have been adopted by COSEWIC.

Dr. Hutchings has broad experience as an editor for scientific journals and also has a proven record of working well collaboratively as a member of various panels and advisory committees in addition to his work on COSEWIC. He has successfully supervised eight graduate students and is currently supervising seven graduate students at the Ph. D. and M. Sc. level.

Co-chair

Amphibians & Reptiles Specialist Subcommittee

2. Recommendation - Dr. David M. Green (renewal)

 

Dr. David M. Green received his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Guelph in 1982. He is an Associate Professor at McGill University and Curator of Terrestrial Vertebrates at the Redpath Museum with over 90 peer-reviewed publications on amphibians. He has supervised or is currently supervising 13 graduate students doing projects on amphibians and reptiles (5 M.Sc., 3 Ph.D. graduated; 3 M.Sc., 2 Ph.D. ongoing). He is past Chair of COSEWIC (1998-2002), a Co-chair of the Amphibians and Reptiles Subcommittee since 1995 and a member of the Amphibians and Reptiles Subcommittee since 1985.

 

Co-chair

Arthropods Specialist Subcommittee

3. Recommendation - Dr. B. Theresa Fowler (renewal)

 

Dr. B. Theresa Fowler:
Current Position, Degrees and Biological Science Background since 1995, Scientific Authority, Endangered Species, Species at Risk Branch,
Canadian Wildlife Service
PhD, Ottawa, on behavioural ecology of Tamias striatus
3 years experience, behavioural ecology of marsh birds (Rallus limicola, Porzana carolina,
Exobrychus exilis)
5 years experience arctic ecosystems ( Lagopus mutus, Lepus arcticus)
56 papers and publications including government documents and presentations to legislators, popular conservation and nature literature, 2 journal articles and 2 book chapters

Other relevant experience (conservation biology, taxonomy, ecology, genetics, population biology etc)
8 years as Director of Canadian Nature Federation
broad interest in all taxa

Geographic Areas/Taxa
small mammals and birds, Quebec, Ontario and High Arctic
broad knowledge of flora and fauna of North America

Determining Biological Status of Species
17 years as a member of COSEWIC   
initiated and assembelled the molluscs and Lepidoptera Subcommittee for COSEWIC
since 2003, Co-Chair Arthropoda Species Specialist Group

Knowledge of Concepts and Techniques Related to Assessment and Conservation of Species at Risk
works daily with issues regarding Species at Risk

Editorial Roles, Manuscripts, Journals
periodic role as reviewer for journal articles
review of 4 natural history book manuscripts and 11 post publication book reviews
accomplished reviewer and editor of COSEWIC status reports for Lepidoptera and Mollusca
edits many documents in daily work
Other
knows English, French, and Polish with experience as a translator of scientific texts

Co-chair

Arthropods Specialist Subcommittee

4. Recommendation - Dr. Paul M. Catling (new)

Dr. Paul M. Catling:
Current Position, Degrees and Biological Science Background
since 1991, classified as Research Scientist, Level 3, Biological Resources Division of Agriculture Canada, 24 years experience with the Biosystematics Research Center/Biological Resources as a plant systematist, ecologist and curator of plant collections;
PhD, Toronto, on systematics and ecology of plants
14 years on the faculty of University of Ottawa
about 50 publications on odonates and lepidoptera , including books, book chapters, refereed journal articles and government documents, and over 300 botany publications

Other relevant experience (conservation biology, taxonomy, ecology, genetics, population biology etc)
7 years experience gathering data on the distribution of dragonflies in Canada including extensive Ontario work and some in NWT
serves on many advisory committees ( Canadian Expert Committee on Plant Genetic Resources, Species Survival Commission, Nature Conservancy)

Geographic Areas/ Taxa
odonates of Canada, most provinces, especially Ontario and NWT
lepidoptera of Ontario
expert knowledge of flora of Canada
publications in ornithology (10), mycology(1), herpetology(6)

Determining Biological Status of Species
prepared status reports on some Ontario lepidoptera and a COSEWIC status report on the goldenseal
participated in status ranking of plants and insects in Ontario and odonates in NWT

Knowledge of Concepts and Techniques Related to Assessment and Conservation of SAR
has wide experience in studying rare flora and fauna and rare habitats such as alvars and grasslands; has identified streams where rare odonates are found for possible protection measures
involved in 4 recovery teams including the team for the butterfly, bog elfin and the goldenseal; prepared monitoring plans, and publicizes recovery team approaches

Editorial Roles, Manuscripts, Journals,
assesses over 100 manuscripts, grant applications and theses per annum
associate editor of Canadian Field Naturalist, and the journal "Biodiversity"
currently editing conference proceedings


Co-chair

Birds Specialist Subcommittee

5. Recommendation - Richard Cannings (renewal)



Richard Cannings:

M.Sc. (1977) from Memorial University of Newfoundland -- breeding ecology of Horned Larks

B.Sc. (1975) from the University of B.C. -- homing behaviour in deer mice and Townsend's voles

Extensive (provincial, national and international) education and work experience (25 years) covering many aspects of conservation biology, systematics, population biology and genetics, and wildlife management

Curator of the Cowan Vertebrate Museum in the Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia (1980 to 1995) -- considerable experience in systematics and taxonomy of all terrestrial vertebrate groups-birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians

Consulting biologist in conservation biology, particularly regarding the flora and fauna of British Columbia

Completed (1996) a comprehensive treatment of all BC avian taxa called Birds of British Columbia: A Taxonomic Catalogue

Chair and report author of the South Okanagan Ecosystem Recovery Team (Habitat Atlas for Wildlife at Risk-South Okanagan & Lower Similkamee) -included habitat assessments, habitat mapping and GIS work, reintroduction of extirpated species, estimating minimum viable populations and minimum habitat requirements, working with local community groups and First Nations and implementing outreach and stewardship programs

Current research interests include the breeding biology of small owls, but I have a broad expertise in owl biology and have published a review of owl biology in the Handbook of Birds of the World (volume 5)

Good knowledge of the odonate (dragonfly) fauna of western Canada, and to a lesser extent, other insect groups (butterflies, true bugs)

Familiar with the flora of British Columbia, the Yukon and Newfoundland

Author of 8 COSEWIC status reports (including three updates) on five bird species and one amphibian

Author of reports on the provincial status of eight bird species in British Columbia., as well as Identified Wildlife reports (status and management recommendations) for three birds, seven butterflies and two dragonflies in British Columbia

Co-chair of the Birds Species Specialist Committee of COSEWIC (2001 to present). Member of RENEW recovery teams for White-headed Woodpecker, Sage Thrasher, Yellow-breasted Chat and Western Screech-Owl

Regular reviewer of articles and books for scientific journals, including the Auk, Condor and the Journal of Raptor Research

 

Co-chair

Marine Mammals Specialist Subcommittee

6. Recommendation - Dr. Randall R. Reeves (new)



Dr. Randall R. Reeves:
B.A. - University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
M.P.A. - Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Ph.D. - McGill University, Montreal

Dr. Reeves has been a self-employed researcher and writer since 1976, during which time he has compiled an impressive record of quality scientific work and of leadership in the conservation of marine mammals. Dr. Reeves has served on a number of national and international committees, most notably the Cetacean Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union or IUCN (of which he has been chair since 1997), as well as the various incarnations of the COSEWIC subcommittee devoted to marine mammals (1990 to present). He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific or popular articles on marine mammals and is co-author or co-editor of several books and special issues of scientific journals. His writings include both technical and general treatment of the ecology of marine mammals, reviews of human impact on marine mammal populations (e.g. historic catches, live- capture and trade, offshore drilling), technical guides, workshop summaries, species status reports and conservation/management plans and guidelines. Dr. Reeves has conducted fieldwork at sites that span continents, including the Eastern Canadian Arctic and the North Atlantic, and is therefore well placed to address the status of Atlantic or Arctic species, as specified in our call for applicants. In short, Dr. Reeves has an impressive track record across the range of targeted skills, from strong science, to collaboration, to production of quality reports, and would therefore be an excellent choice as Co-Chair of the Marine Mammal Species Specialist Subcommittee.

 

Co-chair

Molluscs Specialist Subcommittee

7. Recommendation - Janice L. Smith (new)

 

Janice L. Smith:
Research Biologist,    Cumulative Impacts on Aquatic Biodiversity Project, Aquatic Ecosystem Impacts Research Branch, National Water Research Institute, Environment Canada, Burlington, Ontario
B.Sc. (First Class Honours) in Zoology, University of Manitoba, 1973.
M.Sc. equivalency, University of Waterloo, 1990

She is an excellent researcher with wide publishing and editing experience, is a known team player in the conservation area (recovery teams, Mollusc and Lepidoptera SSC for many years, co-led part of the General Status assessment of mollusks), and is a recognized authority on an important group of Canadian critters (Ontario mollusks). She has been instrumental in bringing the conservation problems of this otherwise rather obscure group into the mainstream and in getting them recognized as an indicator species for freshwater conservation problems generally.

NOTE: Curricula vitae for all nominees and current members are on file with the COSEWIC Secretariat.

19 March, 2004