Adam T. Ford, PhD

Adam T. Ford, PhD

Leadership Roles/ Rôles de leadership

Canada Research Chair in Wildlife Restoration Ecology

Awards/ Prix

2015                The Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

2015                TWM Cameron Award, Canadian Society of Zoologists

2015                Governor General’s Gold Medal Award for Top PhD Dissertation at the University of British Columbia

2015                Dean of Science Award for Top PhD Dissertation in the Faculty of Science, University of British Columbia

2015                Milsom Prize for Top PhD Dissertation in the Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia

2015                Early Career Award, American Society of Mammalogists

2013                Elmer C. Birney Award, American Society of Mammalogists

2010-11           Faculty of Graduate Studies Tuition Award, University of British Columbia

2002                Deans List, University of Victoria


Adam is an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Wildlife Restoration Ecology in the Biology Department, University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus, Kelowna BC. He is a member of UBC-Okanagan’s Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services Institute and UBC-Vancouver’s Biodiversity Research Center. Adam was a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow, working on links between animal movement and land use policy. Adam received is PhD from the University of British Columbia, where he studied food web dynamics involving large carnivores, antelope, and plants in central Kenya. Adam is the recipient of several national and international research awards, including the AAAS/SciLife Lab Young Scientist Award, the Governor Generals Gold Medal, the TWM Cameron Award from the Canadian Society of Zoologists, the Early Career Award from the American Society of Mammalogists. Adam’s research is currently funded by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the BC Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.


Adam est professeur adjoint et titulaire de la chaire de recherche du Canada en écologie de la restauration de la faune au département de biologie de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, campus Okanagan, Kelowna (Colombie-Britannique). Il est membre de l’Institut de la biodiversité, de la résilience et des services écosystémiques de l’UBC-Okanagan et du Centre de recherche sur la biodiversité UBC-Vancouver. Adam était boursier postdoctoral Liber Ero, travaillant sur les liens entre le mouvement des animaux et la politique d’utilisation des terres. Adam est titulaire d’un doctorat de l’Université de Colombie-Britannique, où il a étudié la dynamique du réseau trophique impliquant de grands carnivores, des antilopes et des plantes dans le centre du Kenya. Adam est récipiendaire de plusieurs bourses de recherche nationales et internationales, dont le prix jeune scientifique AAAS / SciLife Lab, la médaille d’or du gouverneur général, le prix TWM Cameron de la Société canadienne de zoologie et le prix Early Career de l’American Society of Mammalogists. La recherche d’Adam est actuellement financée par le Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie et par la BC Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Selected Publications/ Publications sélectionnées

Jacob AL, Moore JW, Fox CH, Sunter E, Gauthier D, Westwood AR, Ford AT. “Cross-sectoral input for the potential role of science in Canada’s environmental assessment.” FACETS 3, 2018, 512–529.

Ford AT, Barrueto M, Clevenger AP. “Road mitigation is a demographic filter for grizzly bears.” Wildlife Society Bulletin 41(4), 2017, 712.

Davy CM, Ford AT, Fraser K. “Aeroconservation for the fragmented skies.” Conservation Letters, 2017.

Ford AT, Goheen JR. “Trophic cascades by large carnivores: A case for strong inference and mechanism.” Trends in Ecology and  Evolution  30(12), 2015, 725–735.

Ford AT, Goheen JR, Otieno TO, Bidner L, Isbell LA, Palmer TM, Ward D, Woodroffe R, Pringle RM. “Large carnivores make savanna tree communities less thorny.” Science 346(6207), 2014, 346-349.