Barry D. Smith

Regional Director - Canadian Wildlife Service (Pacific and Yukon Region)
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current research and/or projects

Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to ensure wildlife is conserved and protected

  • Assessing the ecological value of coastal landscapes for migratory birds to assist in land-use planning and conservation
  • Development and use of statistical models for assessing survivorship of bird clutches and broods, particular in relation to population persistence
  • Determining the resilience of bird populations to anthropogenic threats, such as oiling events, and non-intentional harm, such as fisheries bycatch and forestry
  • Population viability assessments for species-at-risk and species subject to the effects of climate change
  • Provision and development of statistical approaches to conservation and species-at-risk recovery

Professional activities / interests

Managing science activities informing ecosystem conservation in Environment Canada's Pacific and Yukon Region

Peer review of journal articles and scientific programs and projects directed toward population and ecosystem conservation

Supervisor and mentor of post-graduate students for the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Guelph, University of Helsinki, and the University of Washington

Provision of science advice to Pacific and Yukon area conservation initiatives, such as species-at-risk recovery, biodiversity initiatives, and environmental assessment of major projects such as urban infrastructure, mines and wind farms

Education and awards

Ph.D. (Zoology) University of British Columbia, 1989

M.Sc. (Botany) University of British Columbia, 1978

B.Sc. (Biology) University of New Brunswick, 1974

Key publications

Öst, M, B.D. Smith and M.Kilpi. In press. Social and maternal factors affecting duckling survival in eiders Somateria mollissima. J. Anim. Biol.

Hagmeier, K., B.D. Smith and W.S. Boyd. In press. Estimating the number of black brant using two spring staging areas. J. Wildlife Management.

Kenyon, J.K., B.D. Smith and R.W. Butler. 2007. Can redistribution of breeding colonies on a landscape mitigate changing predation danger? J. Avian Biol. 38(5): 541-551.

Bertram, D.F., A. Harfenist and B.D. Smith. 2005. Ocean climate and El Niño impacts on survival of Cassin’s auklets from upwelling and downwelling domains of British Columbia. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 62: 2841-2853.

Smith, B.D., W.S. Boyd, and M.R. Evans. 2005. A clutch and brood survival model that discriminates random and correlated mortality. Ecological Applications 15(1): 281-293. [DOI: 10.1890/03-5339]

Smith, B.D., and L.W. Botsford. 1998. Interpretation of growth, mortality and recruitment patterns in size at age, growth increment and size frequency data. Can. Spec. Pub. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 125: 125-139.


Adjunct Professor, Centre for Wildlife Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Key Employers: Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries (1978-1983); Fisheries and Oceans Canada (1987-91;92-95); University of California Davis (1991-92); British Columbia Ministry of Environment Lands and Parks (1995-96); Environment Canada (1996-)