Garry Stenson

Research Scientist and Head of Marine Mammal Section

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Garry Stenson is a Research Scientist with the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Science Branch. He has also carried out various management roles for the Department and is an Adjunct Professor in the Biology Department, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. Stenson is a member of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada Marine Mammal Subcommittee, the past Chair of the Joint ICES/NAFO Working Group on Harp and Hooded Seals and since 1991, he has been the head of the Marine Mammal Section in St. John's. Newfoundland.

In addition to various management roles, Dr. Stenson has been carrying out active research on the role of marine mammals in the North Atlantic since he graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1985. During this time he has published over 85 scientific papers, including more than 40 in scientific peer reviewed journals. Dr. Stenson is an internationally recognized expert on estimating abundance of pinnipeds, particularly ice breeding seals such as harp, hooded and grey seals. His current research focuses upon population dynamics, foraging ecology and habitat use of pinnipeds and small cetaceans in the Norwest Atlantic. He is also actively involved in research related to the interactions between marine mammals and commercial fisheries in the waters off Newfoundland and Labrador.

Education and awards

B.Sc. Zooloy (Honours)
(University of Alberta)
Ph.D. Zoology
(University of British Columbia)

Research facility

80 East White Hills Road
St. John's, NL A1C 5X1