Arcese, Peter

Arcese, Peter
University of British Columbia

Peter Arcese is FRBC Chair of Applied Conservation Biology and co-Director of the Centre for Applied Conservation Research in the UBC Faculty of Forestry.  Peter works on the ecology and genetics of animals and plants, the persistence of small populations, and the design and management of nature reserves.  Peter received undergraduate training at the University of Washington, and MSc and PhD degrees in Zoology at U BC. He studied as a NATO then NSERC post-doc in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, from 1987-91 with A.R.E. Sinclair, producing a co-edited book on the dynamics and conservation of the Serengeti Ecosystem and many papers on the natural history, behavior and population dynamics of African ungulates and the economics of community conservation and anti-poaching programs.  Peter was Asst. Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin, from 1992-98, where he won an NSF Young Investigator award.  Peter has supervised 8 post-doctoral fellows and 23 graduate students, is a Fellow and Councilor of the American Ornithologists Union and editor of the Journal of Avian Biology.  He has published over 80 research papers and books with more than 100 different co-authors and currently focuses his work on the demography and genetics of bird, plant and reptile populations of the Pacific Coast, the efficient design of nature reserves, and the conservation and restoration of native ecosystems.

Research Interests: 
population demography and genetics of vertebrates, biogeography of native plant and animal communities, adaptive management and monitoring of rare species and ecosystems, conservation area design