Dr. Steve Ferguson
Steve Ferguson joined Fisheries & Oceans Canada in 2002 as a research scientist working on population ecology of Arctic marine mammals. The goal of his research is to identify and assess conservation practices that will improve marine mammal population persistence under future climate change and increased human development. The progressive modeling approach describes both spatial and temporal patterns among individual marine mammals, population, community, landscape, and ecosystem relationships.
The research relies on the use of satellite remote images, telemetry, and genetic technologies to enable quantification of demographic patterns and linkages across a range of scales. Knowledge from this research will be used to conserve marine mammals, the Inuit cultural subsistence hunt, and the integrity of the arctic environments.
List of Publications
Ferguson, S. H. and S. Lariviere. 2008. How social behavior links environment and body size in mammalian carnivores. Open Journal of Ecology 1: 1-7.
Higdon, J. W. and S. H. Ferguson. 2008. Sea ice declines causing punctuated change as observed with killer whale (Orcinus orca) sightings in the Hudson Bay region over the past century. Ecological Applications.
Loseto, L. L., G. A. Stern, and S. H. Ferguson. 2008. Size and Biomagnification: How habitat selection explains beluga mercury levels. Environ. Sci. Technol., 42: 3982-3988.
Higdon, J. W., O. R. P. Bininda-Emonds, R. Beck, and S. H. Ferguson. 2007. Phylogeny and divergence of the pinnipeds (Carnivora: Mammalia) assessed using a multigene supertree with fossil calibrations. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2007, 7: 216.
Laidre, K. L., I. Stirling, L. F. Lowrey, Ø. Wig, M. P. Heide-JØrgensen, and S. H. Ferguson. 2008. Quantifying the sensitivity of Arctic marine mammals to climate-induced habitat change. Ecological Applications 18: S97-S125.