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Member, Committee of Scientific Advisors, Marine Mammal Commission (Washington, DC)
Research Scientist Emeritus - Arctic Marine Ecosystems
Wildlife Research Division (Edmonton, AB)
CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to ensure wildlife is conserved and protected
- Population ecology of polar bears and seals in arctic marine ecosystems
- Effects of climate warming on polar bears and seals
- Conservation and management of polar bears, seals, and arctic marine ecosystems
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES / INTERESTS
Member, IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group
Scientific Advisor, Polar Bears International
Stirling, I. 2011. Polar Bears: The Natural History of a Threatened Species. Fitzhenry and Whiteside. Markham, ON. 334 pp.
Stirling, I., and Derocher, A.E. 2012. Effects of Climate Warming on Polar Bears: A Review of the Evidence. (invited review) Global Climate Biology 18:2694-2706.
Stirling, I., McDonald, T.L., Richardson, E.S., Regehr, E.V., and Amstrup, S.C. 2011. Polar bear population status in the Northern Beaufort Sea, Canada, 1971–2006. Ecological Applications 21:859–876.
Stirling, I., and Ross, J.E. 2011. Observations of cannibalism by polar bears (Ursus maritimus) on summer and autumn sea ice at Svalbard, Norway. Arctic 64:478-482.
Hobson, K.A., Stirling, I., and Andriashek, D.S. Isotopic homogeneity of breath CO2 from fasting and berry-eating polar bears: Implications for tracing reliance on terrestrial foods in a changing Arctic. Canadian Journal of Zoology 87:50-55.
Davis, C.S., Stirling, I., Strobeck, C., and Coltman, D. 2008. Population structure of ice-breeding seals. Molecular Ecology 17:3078–3094.
Thiemann, G.W., Iverson, S.J., and Stirling, I. Polar bear diets and arctic marine food webs: insights from fatty acid analysis. Ecological Monographs, 78:591–613.
Laidre, K.L., Stirling, I., Lowry, L.F., Wiig, Ø., Heide-Jørgensen, M-P., and Ferguson, S.H. 2008. Quantifying the sensitivity of arctic marine mammals to climate-induced habitat change. Ecological Applications 18 Supplement: S97–S125.
Regehr, E.V., Lunn, N.J., Amstrup, S.C., Stirling, I. Effects of earlier sea ice breakup on survival and population size of polar bears in western Hudson Bay. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:2673-2683.
Stirling, I., and C.L. Parkinson. 2006. Possible Effects of Climate Warming on Selected Populations of Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) in the Canadian Arctic. Arctic 59(3): 261-275.
Stirling, I. 2002. Polar Bears and Seals in the Eastern Beaufort Sea and Amundsen Gulf: A Synthesis of Population Trends and Ecological Relationships over Three Decades. Arctic 55, Supplement 1: 59-76.
Stirling, I. and J.A. Thomas. 2001. Relationships between underwater vocalizations and mating systems in phocid seals. Aquatic Mammals 29: 247-246.
Stirling, I., N.J. Lunn and J. Iacozza. 1999. Long-term trends in the population ecology of polar bears in western Hudson Bay in relation to climatic change. Arctic 52: 294-306.
Stirling, I. and Øritsland, N.A. 1995. Relationships between estimates of ringed seal and polar bear populations in the Canadian Arctic. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 52:2594-2612.
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