Who We Are
Jean-Pierre Desforges, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept. Environmental Studies and Sciences
My research in environmental toxicology and wildlife stress ecology is focused on understanding the impacts of human activities on the environment and wildlife populations. My research has largely been on the health impacts of environmental pollutants on Arctic top predators like polar bears, toothed whales, and seals. My work involves a mix of field and laboratory based studies to characterize pollutant accumulation and potential adverse health effects. I am also developing energy budget models to look at energy intake and allocation to physiological processes in wildlife species to link environmental and anthropogenic stressors to animal health, fitness and population dynamics.
Maria Isabel Garcia Rojas
Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Winnipeg
Maria is using dynamic energy budget models to explore how climate change and other stressors in the Arctic are affecting individual fitness and population dynamics of beluga, bowhead whales, and walrus in the Canadian Arctic.