Queen's University

Protecting polar bears

2011-11-17

Queen’s University biologist Peter Van Coerverden de Groot is available to talk the federal government’s decision to protect polar bears by naming them a “species of special concern.”

De Groot is able to speak on the varied but generally decreasing population trends of different polar bear populations. “Canadian Polar bears are not a single homogeneous population but comprise different semi-discrete groupings that will have different experiences of climate change.”

The biologist is also able to speak on the Canadian Polar Bear Management system - and likely impact of the Canadian Polar bear management plan that needs to be developed over the next few years.

The biologist, who is polar bear expert, recently spent time in the Northwest Passage where he led a team that renovated three polar bear monitoring stations designed to assess the impact of changing conditions and increased sea traffic.

De Groot is only available for phone interviews after 1:45 p.m. today.

To arrange an interview, please contact Anne Craig, 613.533.2877 or Michael Onesi at michael.onesi@queensu.ca, 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, Queen’s News and Media Services.

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