York University, Faculty of Environmental
Studies- Toronto, ON, Canada
As of July 1st,
2015, I have begun a position as Assistant Professor of Environmental Management at FES (http://fes.yorku.ca/). I am still building
my research program but it will include policy-relevant scientific research on at-risk species, including pollinating insects
and insect-pollinated plants and biodiversity offsetting. I am also interested in conservation management in agriculutural
systems and the effects of this type of management on ecosystem services. I work with policy makers, ENGOs, citizen scientists
and other academics on a variety of other projects. Please contact me if you are interested in pursuing graduate studies
or postdoctoral work and would like to discuss possibilities.
Wildlife Preservation Canada's At-Risk Pollinator Program
I have received an NSERC IRDF Fellowship and more recently a 2-year Liber Ero Fellowship to lead this program and
do research which involves at-risk bees and butterflies across Canada. This progam is multi-faceted, involving outreach,
research, habitat restoration/creation and the development of hands on conservation management. I have recently switched
to a science advisory position for this program. You can read more about this program here.
Collaborators: York University, KarnerBlue Ontario,
Pollination Guelph, Ontario Nature, University of Toronto, Pinery Provincial Park, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Funders: NSERC, MNR Species At-Risk Stewardship Fund, Liber Ero Foundation,
Environment Canada Habitat Stewardship Program, Schad Foundation, W.Garfield Weston Foundation
An Identification Guide to the Bumble Bees of North America
Now available, we hope this guide will help scientists and naturalists learn to identify the ~50 species
found in Canada and the USA. The guide will have field photos, colour pattern diagrams, phenology charts and range maps as
well as an identification key to both males and females. It will be available both in hard copy and as an e-book. Buy
it from the US here and in Canada here.
Paul Williams, Robbin Thorp, Leif Richardson (with the generous help of numerous data providers, reviewers and amateur photographers)