Stephen D. Petersen

Head, Conservation and Research, 
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Assiniboine Park Conservancy
B.Sc. Alberta, M.Sc. Acadia, Ph.D. Trent

I am pleased to be the first Head of Conservation and Research for Assiniboine Park Zoo. This department runs programs from the labs and offices at the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (LIPBCC).  We have two laboratories at the LIPBCC furnished with equipment for basic biology and advanced molecular genetics. 

My research program encompasses Arctic whales, polar bears, and ringed seals as well as projects on other Manitoba species. 

I am interested in using molecular genetics to answer questions about the evolution and behaviour of mammals.
More broadly, I am interested in conservation of all species and how captive zoo populations can contribute to field conservation. 

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Please contact me If you are a student interested in working on Arctic marine mammal genetics. 
spetersen at assiniboinepark dot ca
You can read about the killer whale research I have been involved with on Orcas of the Canadian Arctic. - Google Sites Twitter Follow Button

last update - 31 November 2016