Dr. Stephen Woodley is an ecologist, who has worked in the field of environmental conservation a consultant, field biologist, university researcher, and the first Chief Scientist for Parks Canada. In that position he led on the full range issues related to protected areas, including ecological monitoring, species at risk, wildlife disease, ecological restoration, science policy and climate change. In 2011, he began working as Senior Advisor to the Global Protected Areas Program of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and continues that work as Vice Chair for Science and Biodiversity of IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas. The focus of the work is to understand the role of protected areas as solutions to the current global conservation challenges. Recently he led a review of the scientific evidence for large scale conservation goals and conducted a global survey of conservation scientists on the components of the next generation of conservation targets.
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