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Stephen Insley

 Director of Arctic Conservation

Western Arctic

Dr. Stephen Insley is the WCS Canada Arctic Lead and part of the broader WCS Arctic Beringia program, working on the effects of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and northern communities.

He leads two main projects in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region with Inuvialuit partners. The first uses passive acoustics to predict and avoid future shipping impacts through ambient underwater noise monitoring, identifying biologically sensitive areas, and predicting ship noise footprints. The second project collaborates with Inuvialuit communities to monitor seal diet and condition in order to understand ecosystem change and its effect on local food security.

His research background has had three general themes: (1) animal acoustic behaviour; (2) the application of behavioural ecology principals and techniques to conservation biology; and (3) conservation through local stewardship. His approach has involved experimental field biology, mostly with pinnipeds and seabirds, and working with remote subsistence communities in a wide variety of field locations including the Bering Sea, the North and South Pacific and the North Atlantic Oceans.

He has graduate degrees from the University of California Davis and the University of Victoria, where he is an Adjunct Professor of Biology, as well as Postdoctoral experience at the Smithsonian Institution.

Resources


Stories and op-eds

What the State of Whales tells us about conservation in Canada
2024-04-04

What the State of Whales tells us about conservation in Canada

Over half of Canada’s 40 whale species remain at some level of extinction risk.
Daniel Kraus, William Halliday, Stephen Insley
Taking different paths: How WCS Canada scientists have adapted to the challenges of COVID 19
2020-08-24

Taking different paths: How WCS Canada scientists have adapted to the challenges of COVID 19

Current circumstances have required both adopting some creative solutions and simply accepting that some field work is not going to happen this summer.
Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle, Stephen Insley
Shipping issues are heating up in Canada's western Arctic
2016-12-22

Shipping issues are heating up in Canada's western Arctic

Venturing through the Northwest Passage has always captured the hearts of explorers.
Stephen Insley

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Areas of expertise
Whales and seals Arctic