The WWF Arctic Programme

Brandon Laforest

Senior specialist, Arctic species & ecosystems

WWF-Canada

Brandon has called Iqaluit, Nunavut home for the last three years, and leads WWF-Canada’s work on the six priority Arctic species: beluga whales, bowhead whales, barren-ground caribou, narwhal, polar bears and Atlantic walrus.

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Brandon’s interest in the North developed after taking a field course to Churchill, Manitoba during his undergraduate studies in Wildlife Biology. After seeing polar bears in the wild and snorkeling with wild beluga whales, he was hooked.

He has a Master’s Degree in Animal Nutrition and Metabolism, and his PhD research focuses on the effects of a changing climate on the diets of polar bears at the southern end of the range. Brandon’s research also included a traditional knowledge study of polar bears in Cree communities of the Eeyou Istchee region of northern Quebec.

I work for WWF and live in the North because I believe in the WWF approach of offering an environmental perspective on issues facing the Arctic while working closely with communities to safeguard the wildlife they depend on.