Sherman Boates


Sherman Boates is a passionate biodiversity champion, conservation scientist and keen life-long student of nature. He studied ecology of birds and invertebrates at Acadia University (BSc Hons, MSc.) and Exeter University (PhD.).

As a government scientist and professor, he has worked as a conservation biologist for more than 30 years, doing research, inventory and monitoring, management and policy and law development for endangered species and biodiversity conservation. Leading the biodiversity program for the Nova Scotia Government, Sherman played a focal role in the development and implementation of the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act, the Canadian Biodiversity Strategy and many other initiatives.

At Acadia University, he enjoys teaching part-time and has taught courses in conservation biology and ecology and has had research projects and students working on birds, invertebrates, and plants. Sherman continues to contribute to conservation projects, committees and organizations including COSEWIC, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, and the Key Biodiversity Areas initiative in Canada.

Sherman has visited Sable Island several times and for a summer studied terns on the island. He also helped with the federal/provincial discussions around how to formally protect the island and contributed to the first formal conservation strategy for Sable Island. He continues to be excited about the fact that the island is an eastern Canadian hotspot for endemism.

Sherman and his partner live in the woods near Wolfville, Nova Scotia, nerd out on nature, eat local food, and work at having a small ecological footprint.