Paul Paquet, PhD
Senior Scientist

Paul Paquet holds graduate degrees in philosophy, wildlife behavior and conservation, biology, and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Alberta. Paul is an internationally recognized authority on mammalian carnivores, particularly wolves. He has worked for decades on the relationship between wolves and their prey and on possible top-down effects from predators to prey. A research group lead by him recently described unique behavioural aspects of wolf predator-prey ecology in western Canada. Paul has been instrumental in describing the complexities of wolf management including characterizing wolf (sub)species, their ecology, and behaviour. He has published more than 200 scholarly articles and several books addressing these issues.

Currently, Dr. Paquet is an Adjunct Professor of Geography at University of Victoria. Additional academic appointments include Adjunct Professor of Biology and Associate Professor of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary; Adjunct Professor at University of Saskatchewan College of Veterinary Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Biology at Brandon University, Adjunct Professor of Zoology at University of Manitoba; and Faculty Associate at Guelph University, and University of New Brunswick. He is also a member of government, industry, and advisory committees of organizations such as Environment Canada, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Caribou Scientific Advisory Committee for Saskatchewan, WWF International, the European Union, and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Canid Specialist Group.

Recent articles

Trail camera photo of a wolf walking on the side of a creek.

Wolf Stories: Animal welfare and the evolution of animal ethics

In this article, we’ve interviewed David Fraser (C.M., Ph.D.), a Professor Emeritus in the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia. His 50-year research career has focused on…

Two wolves walking in the snow.

Letter in Science states that Canada’s wolf cull subsidizes industry

Wolf control, often presented as a ‘solution’ to stabilize caribou populations, ultimately allows continued approval by governments of resource exploitation, including logging in habitats deemed “critical” to caribou. That’s the…

Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.

Bridging science and ethics

Since 2022, we have been documenting the recolonization and recovery of wolves in a tributary of the Fraser River. Our focus is on the movements and behaviour of both individuals…

Adam Warner wearing a lab coat sitting in a lab.

Meet Dr. Adam Warner, Raincoast’s new Conservation Genetics Scientist

Adam has joined our Cetacean Conservation Program to head up Raincoast’s new Conservation Genetics Lab. The lab is equipped with cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology that will be used to identify…