Mark Basterfield

Wildlife Biologist

As a biologist with the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board, I work on conservation and management policy on a wide diversity of species including shrimp, migratory birds, beluga, polar bears, and bowhead whales.

My graduate work focused on the spatial ecology of a small population of caribou in southeastern Manitoba. Through this project I became aware of and interested in the important connections between caribou and the history and future of many Indigenous people. After finishing my thesis I began work with the Health, Environment, and Indigenous Communities Research Group at Trent University. My projects focused on Inuit Knowledge of wildlife as it relates to conservation, Inuit culture, lifestyle, and economy. We work together with Inuit elders and knowledge holders, who are willing to share their expertise on wildlife species through interviews, focus groups, and mapping sessions.

 

Past and current research projects: Habitat selection of woodland caribou on a managed landscape: The Owl Flintstone Herd; Torngat Mountains Caribou Herd Inuit Knowledge; Culture, and Values Study; Nunavik Inuit Knowledge Polar Bear Study
Project locations: Manitoba; Region of Nunavik; Nain, Nunatsiavut
Academic background: MSc in Environmental and Life Sciences (Trent University); BSc in Conservation Biology (Trent University)
Contact information: [email protected]

 

The Wildlife Biologist supports the Executive Director and the Wildlife Management Director in carrying out the activities of the NMRWB by: assisting in liaison activities with the RNUK, LNUKs and other community organizations; helping to manage the NMR Wildlife Research Fund (NMRWRF) and reviewing proposed wildlife research projects related thereto; maintaining research funding and other databases; assisting with coordination of meetings and workshops; reviewing research and land and water use permits; participating in the development of conservation education materials and programs for the NMRWB.