Graduate Profiles

Laforest, Brandon



  • Year Entered: 2010

    Student Info

    Dissertation Title

    An integrative analysis of polar bear foraging: biochemical, spatial, and traditional knowledge approaches to polar bears in Southern Hudson Bay

    Comprehensive Areas

    • Food web ecology
    • Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Wildlife Management in Canada's North


    Dr. Gail Fraser, Dr. Gregory Thiemann, Dr. Martyn Obbard (Trent/Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)

    Previous Education

  • B. Sc. (Honours) Wildlife Biology, University of Guelph (2009)
  • M. Sc. Animal Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Guelph (2010)
  • Publications


    • Laforest, B.J., Winegardner, A.K., Zaheer, O.A., Jeffery, N.W., Boyle, E.E., Adamowicz, S.J. (2013) Insights into Biodiversity Sampling Strategies for Freshwater Microinvertebrate Faunas through Bioblitz Campaigns and DNA Barcoding. BMC Ecology 13:13 doi:10.1186/1472-6785-13-13.

    Services & Experience

    Services & Experience

    University Service

    • President’s Advisory Committee on Northern Studies, York University, 2012 - Present.
    • Faculty Appointment Advisory Committee, York University, 2011
    • Faculty Council, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, 2010 - 2012


    Reseach Funding

    • Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, W. Garfield Weston Graduate Fellowship 
    • Canadian Wildlife Federation, Endangered Species Fund (co-applicant) 
    • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Species at Risk Research Fund for Ontario (co-applicant) 
    • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Northern Studies Training Program  
    • Churchill Northern Studies Centre, Northern Research Fund


    • 2013 W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (Doctoral) 
    • 2013 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (declined) 
    • 2011 John A. Livingston Ecological Conscience and Nature Advocacy Award 
    • 2010 Adrienne Pocock Memorial Award 
    • 2010 University of Guelph Ontario Agricultural College Dean’s Award

    Conference & Presentations

    Conference & Presentations

    Conference Presentations

    • 2013  Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Environmental Studies Association of Canada. Collaborative Mapping of Polar Bears in James Bay: Towards the Integration of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Science. Victoria, British Columbia.   
    • 2012 York University Northern Studies Symposium. Mapping Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Insights into Polar Bear Status in James Bay. Toronto, Ontario.  
    • 2012 Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies Student Conference. Polar bear status in James Bay: Insights from Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Val d’Or, Québec.  
    • 2011 Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Annual Meeting. Thermoregulation in the Asian Elephant; A Novel Demonstration of the Trunk as a Thermoregulatory Site. Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 
    • 2011 Canadian Society of Zoologists 50th Anniversary Meeting. Thermoregulation in the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus); A Novel Demonstration of the Trunk as a Thermoregulatory Site. Ottawa, Ontario

    Why FES?