Jack Lawson

Research Scientist

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Jack Lawson joined the Department of Fisheries an Oceans in 2002, as a research scientist working on cetaceans and leatherback sea turtles in the Newfoundland and Labrador region. He is a member of the Society of Marine Mammalogy.

Dr. Lawson has been studying marine mammals since 1981. His research has examined:

  1. social behaviour and communication of seals,
  2. seal and cetacean diet and foraging ecology,
  3. physiological processes such as digestive efficiency and metabolism of captive seals,
  4. abundance of seals, cetaceans, and leatherback sea turtles, and review of the potential impacts of manmade sounds (such as seismic exploration) on marine mammals and sea turtles.

He has conducted these studies in the wild, and using captive animals, at sites in Canada, the UK, the United States, and Russia. Current research on some of these topics is ongoing within the context of the Canadian Species at Risk Act, with cooperative research in Newfoundland and Labrador, and other DFO regions.

Education and awards


  • M.Sc., Biopsychology (1983), Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Ph.D., Biopsychology (1993), Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • B.Sc., (Honours) (1981), University of Alberta