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Justina Ray

President & Senior Scientist

Management

Dr. Justina Ray has been President and Senior Scientist of WCS Canada since its incorporation in 2004. In addition to overseeing the operations of WCS Canada, Justina is involved in research and policy activities associated with conservation-based planning, impact assessment and biodiversity conservation, with a particular focus on wildlife in northern boreal landscapes. Having worked for years in African and Asian tropical forests, North America has been her predominant geographic focus over the past two decades.

Justina has been appointed to numerous government advisory panels related to policy development for species at risk and land use planning in Ontario and Canada. She served as the co-chair of the Terrestrial Mammals Subcommittee of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) from 2009-2017 and a member of the IUCN Taskforce on Biodiversity and Protected Areas in its work to develop the global Key Biodiversity Area Standard (2012-2016). She has been editor or author of 3 books and numerous peer-reviewed articles. She also serves on the scientific advisory boards of the Liber Ero Post-doctoral Fellowship program and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research (Germany). She is Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto (Department of Ecology and Evolution; Graduate Department of Forestry) and Trent University (Environmental & Life Sciences Graduate Program).

Resources


Stories and op-eds

Earth Day first aimed to save species. To do that, we need to think about more than one
2024-04-21

Earth Day first aimed to save species. To do that, we need to think about more than one

Stories about individual animals capture media and public attention, but that focus must extend to the broader human and environmental systems threatening biodiversity.
Justina Ray
Singing from the same song sheet: bringing the climate and biodiversity agendas together
2023-12-21

Singing from the same song sheet: bringing the climate and biodiversity agendas together

Earlier this month in Dubai at the COP28 climate talks, the world’s countries finally agreed that addressing the climate crisis will require a “transition away” from fossil fuels.
Justina Ray
After burn: The new face of fire puts wildlife on the hot seat
2023-11-01

After burn: The new face of fire puts wildlife on the hot seat

How Canada’s wildlife is struggling to cope with the human-induced forcings of climate change
Justina Ray, Hilary Cooke

Media coverage

Thriving Forests, Thriving Caribou Populations

Justina Ray, President and Senior Scientist at WCS Canada, on what caribou conservation strategies look like in practice.
2024-02-22 | Wildlands League

How much disturbance is too much?

Justina Ray, President and Senior Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, talks all things caribou on The Clear Cut podcast.
2024-02-15 | Wildlands League

Press releases

CoP15 Event: Key Biodiversity Areas
2022-12-13

CoP15 Event: Key Biodiversity Areas

A tool for effective biodiversity conservation in Canada
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada’s Justina Ray wins 2022 Conservation Leadership Award
2022-11-01

Wildlife Conservation Society Canada’s Justina Ray wins 2022 Conservation Leadership Award

The Wilburforce Foundation presented one of four 2022 Conservation Leadership Awards (CLA) to Dr. Justina Ray.

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Areas of expertise
Caribou Wolverines Boreal Biodiversity Climate change Conservation planning One Health