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Published on Dec 20, 2013
Dr. Martyn Obbard is a Research Scientist with the Wildlife Research and Development Section, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources based in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental and Life Sciences Graduate Program at Trent University in Peterborough. Martyn has studied black bears and polar bears in Ontario since he joined the Wildlife Research Section of OMNR in 1989. Martyn has been involved in several long-term black bear research projects—in the boreal forest (1989—2001), on the Bruce Peninsula (1998-2006) and in Algonquin Park (2006—present). These projects have focussed on black bear demographics, effects of hunting, habitat use, denning requirements, effects of forestry, and human—bear conflicts. Martyn is a member of the Canadian Polar Bear Technical Committee and the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group. Martyn's polar bear research is focused on the Southern Hudson Bay subpopulation that occurs in James Bay and eastern Hudson Bay.
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