W. Don Bowen, Marine Biologist

Don Bowen is an Emeritus Research Scientist at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO), Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

As a student at the University of Guelph, Don conducted research for his M.Sc. degree on sub-Arctic small mammals. From there he travelled west to UBC where he earned a PhD at the Institute of Resource Ecology. This research took him to South Africa to study leopards and to Jasper National Park where he spent three years studying coyotes. Don then headed east to work on the population dynamics of harp and hooded seal on the ice-fields off Labrador and northern Newfoundland. After five years in Newfoundland, Don arrived at BIO. For over thirty years at BIO, he held several positions including Division Manager of the Marine Fish Division and led a team conducting research on grey and harbour seals on Sable Island, Nova Scotia. Since 1986, he has also been an Adjunct Professor in Biology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, where he has supervised over two dozen graduate students.

Don is an editor of two books and has published over 230 scientific papers. He is past editor of Marine Mammal Science, and past chair of the National Marine Mammal Peer Review Committee which advises the Federal Government on the status of marine mammals in Canada. Don also advises on marine mammal management issues in the United States, Europe, and down under and consults on the ecological impacts of marine fisheries.