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Dr. Donald G. Reid


Dr. Donald Reid joined the Wildlife Conservation Society in August 2004 as a wildlife biologist working out of Whitehorse, Yukon. Don’s career spans over 30 years working as a wildlife biologist in the academic, non-government, private and government sectors.

In the boreal and sub-boreal forests of western Canada, Don has studied the ecology of river otters and their interactions with beavers, and the effect of different landscape scales of forest harvesting on the population dynamics of snowshoe hare and lynx. In the mountains of British Columbia, Don has been a member of teams studying wolverines and mapping mountain goat habitats, and has coordinated environmental risk assessment for land-use planning. In Arctic Canada, he has studied the demography of nesting seabirds, and the linked population dynamics and ecologies of lemmings and their predators (foxes, rough-legged hawks and snowy owls). In the eastern Himalaya of Sichuan Province, China, Don has studied habitat selection by giant pandas, and the ecology of red pandas and Asiatic black bears, on a project that was partly supported by WCS.

Don leads WCS Canada’s conservation work in the Northern Boreal Mountains landscape of Northern British Columbia and Yukon. Working with a team of government and private sector biologists, he has coordinated the conservation priority assessment for the Peel Watershed Planning Commission. From 2006-2010 he coordinated an International Polar Year project assessing the effects of a changing climate on Arctic tundra food web in north Yukon. The work focused on lemming winter ecology, the competitive interactions of Arctic and red foxes, the timing of nesting in birds, and population biology of raptors. In southern Yukon, he is now focusing on land use planning, and wetland conservation issues involving river otters and beavers. He is a past member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Bear and Procyonid Specialist Groups.

Selected Publications

Arctic ecosystem structure and functioning shaped by climate and herbivore body size
Legagneux P, G Gauthier, N Lecomte, NM Schmidt, DG Reid, M-C Cadieux, et al.
Nature Climate Change 4:379–383 (Mar 2014)

Natal den selection by sympatric arctic and red foxes on Herschel Island, Yukon, Canada
Gallant D, DG Reid, BG Slough & D Berteaux
Polar Science 37:333–345 (Mar 2014)

Demographic response of tundra small mammals to a snow fencing experiment
Bilodeau F, DG Reid, G Gauthier, CJ Krebs, D Berteaux & AJ Kenney
Oikos 122:1167–1176 (Aug 2013)

Do Arctic-nesting birds respond to earlier snowmelt? A multi-species study in north Yukon, Canada
Grabowski MM, FI Doyle, DG Reid, D Mossop & D Talarico
Polar Biology 36:1097–1105 (Jul 2013)

Arctic fox versus red fox in the warming Arctic: four decades of den surveys in north Yukon
Gallant D, BG Slough, DG Reid & D Berteaux
Polar Biology 35:1421–1431 (Sep 2012)

Limitation of collared lemming population growth at low densities by predation mortality
Reid DG, CJ Krebs & A Kenney
Oikos 73:387-398 (Sep 1995)

Spacing, movements, and habitat selection of the river otter in boreal Alberta
Reid DG, TE Code, ACH Reid & SM Herrero
Canadian Journal of Zoology 72:1314-1324 (1994)