Paul Paquet, 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.

Paul Paquet sits in the morning light with his hot drink looking quite content; toque on.
Paul Paquet, senior scientist, Raincoast.
Two wolves walking through the snow.

Five years following a wild wolf pack

The Kootenay Wolves – Five years Following a Wild Wolf Pack is a spectacularly illustrated photography book by John E. Marriott, full of behavioural observations and wolf tales that will engage those interested in the state of wild wolves in North America.
Methods in Ecology and Evolution, British Ecological Society logo sitting overtop of a cougar walking up the beach.

On ensuring animal welfare in research using live capture

A recent journal article, published in Methods in Ecology and Evolution, draws attention to the need for consistent and high standards for animal welfare in research, and the important role that journals have in maintaining ethical standards in published research. The authors, joined by Raincoast scientists Kate Field, Paul Paquet and Chris Darimont, stress that…