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Dawn  Bazely  - York University . Toronto, ON, CA

Dawn Bazely

Professor, Department of Biology | York University

Toronto, ON, CANADA

#YorkU Biology professor. Collaborative, interdisciplinary researcher & award-winning teacher. Past #YorkU Sustainability Inst Director.



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Dawn is a professor of Biology in the Faculty of Science at York University in Toronto, where she has taught since 1990. She was Director of IRIS, the university-wide Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (2006-11 and 2012-13). At IRIS, Dawn’s mission was to develop, lead and support interdisciplinary research on diverse fronts. The Globe and Mail's 2014 Canadian University Report singled her out as York University's HotShot Professor. Dawn trained as an ecologist in the field of plant-herbivore interactions, and has carried out extensive field research in grasslands and forests, from temperate to Arctic regions. She holds a B.Sc. in Biogeography and Environmental Studies and an M.Sc. in Botany from the University of Toronto. Her D.Phil. in Zoology, from Oxford University’s Edward Grey Institute in Field Ornithology, looked at sheep grazing behaviour.

Industry Expertise (6)



Floriculture and Horticulture

Forestry/Forest Products


Travel and Tourism

Areas of Expertise (19)

Climate Change Adaptation

Invasive Species

Arctic Affairs

Women in Science and STEM

Science and Policy

Forest Conservation

Higher Education

Animal Behaviour

Climate Change

Curriculum Design & Development



Ecosystem Management

Grazing ecology

Human Security




Wildlife Management

Accomplishments (2)

Globe and Mail's 2014 HotShot Professor at York University (professional)


Dawn Bazely, winner of York’s 2013 teaching award, spearheads research at the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability.

President's University-Wide Teaching Award (professional)


In the category of tenured faculty who have been at York University for over 10 years. I was previously nominated in this category in 2004, by different students.

Education (5)

University of Cambridge: Post-doctoral Fellowship, Zoology 2000

Trevelyan Research Fellow, Selwyn College

University of Oxford: Post-doctoral Fellowship, Zoology 1989

Ernest Cook Research Fellow, Somerville College

University of Oxford: D.Phil., Zoology 1988

Thesis: Foraging behaviour of sheep (Ovis aries L.) grazing on swards of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)

University of Toronto: M.Sc., Botany 1984

Thesis: Responses of salt-marsh vegetation to grazing by lesser snow geese (Anser caerulescens caerulescens)

University of Toronto: B.Sc., Biogeography (Major), Environmental Studies (Minor) 1981

Honours thesis: The surface pollen spectra of La Pérouse Bay, Manitoba, Canada

Languages (2)

  • English
  • French - spoken and read

Media Appearances (2)

Universities’ ivory towers going green

Toronto  print


While Director of York University's Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability, I gave many interviews. At my suggestion and encouragement, this feature profiled, not only York University's sustainability efforts, but also those at other Toronto universities. The point that I was aiming to underscore was that sustainability is an inclusive, collaborative activity, where leaders seek to mainstream best sustainable practices.

Geese ruin arctic wetlands as climate change boosts flocks

London Times, UK  print


Interviewed by Nick Nuttall about the long-term research on Lesser Snow Geese at La Perouse, Manitoba

Event Appearances (3)

Inch by inch, row by row, here’s some botanical information to help your garden grow

Royal Canadian Institute, Public Lecture  City of Mississauga Central Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Road


Conflicts in Conservation: Should we save the parasites?

Café Science Panel with Science North & Laurentian University  Sudbury, Ontario


Public Talk: Did our habitat restoration effort work?

High Park Stewards Sunday Talks  Howard Park Tennis Club, Parkside Drive, Toronto


Research Grants (2)

Gas, Arctic Peoples & Security

International Polar Year: Canada & Norway $1.8 Million


This international, interdisciplinary project, for which Dawn Bazely was the Principal Investigator of the Canadian arm, while Gunhild Hoogensen was the Principal Investigator of the international team, demonstrated the the Human Security concept is applicable to the arctic regions of Global North countries.

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Many peer-reviewed grants

NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR, Federal, Provincial, Municipal governments 

Please contact Dawn Bazely for specific grant details.

Articles (1)

Dawn Bazely at Google Scholar

Diverse publishers

Dawn Bazely has published nearly 90 books, journal articles, chapters and reports. Browse her publications at Google Scholar.

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