Fred Cooke

CWE Director, Emeritus

  Fred Cooke became interested in birds at age 3 when his parents took him cycling in the English countryside. He was educated at Bootham School where he specialised in natural history. From there he went to Cambridge University where he received his MA in natural science and his PhD in genetics in 1965. He came to Canada where, after a brief stint at McMaster University, he was appointed Assistant Professor at Queen's University in the Biology Dept. During the late 60s and early 70s, he was a director and Executive member of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists. In 1968 he started a long-term study of Snow Geese in the Canadian Arctic which lasted until 1993. By this time he had been promoted to Associate and then Full Professor at Queen's. In 1990 he was a awarded the prestigious Brewster Medal of the American Ornithologists Union (AOU) for his long term research on Snow Geese.
In 1993, Fred was appointed Chair of Wildlife Ecology at Simon Fraser University. This research position, which was set up by the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), was designed to carry out research on bird populations of conservation and management concern to the CWS. Currently, the program has a budget of more than $2 million and research projects on sea-birds, waterfowl, grebes and shorebirds in several locations in Western Canada. In 2000, he became President-elect of the American Ornithologists' Union.
In 2003, Fred became Director Emeritus and Ron Ydenberg assumed responsibility as director of the Chair of WIldlife Ecology group, now known at the Center for Wildlife Ecology. Fred remains active with group from his current home in England. His e-mail address is:

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Updated 2003-05-29