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Joseph Bennett

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.Sc., M.Sc. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (British Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3124
Office:Office: 4441 Herzberg Building
Lab: 4690 CTTC Building
Website:Visit my lab website

Current Research

My research areas include conservation prioritization, threatened species, invasion ecology, environmental policy and spatial statistics. I have a particular interest in practical questions regarding invasive species control and management to protect threatened species. My work in these areas aims to provide conservation agencies with useful tools that allow them to achieve better results within their limited budgets. I also undertake ecological and social research to help improve Canadian environmental policy. My study systems include polar regions, temperate grasslands and lakes, and boreal forests.

Recent research questions include the following:

  • How do we optimize monitoring across space and time, to better achieve management goals?
  • How do we better locate threatened species that are difficult to find using conventional surveys?
  • What role can citizen science play in conservation?
  • How do we efficiently allocate resources to save more species from extinction?

Selected Publications

Buxton, R. T., Avery-Gomm, S., Lin, H.-Y., Smith, P. A., Cooke, S. J., and Bennett, J. R. 2020. Half of resources in threatened species conservation plans are allocated to research and monitoring. Nature Communications. e4668.

Turcotte, A., Kermany, N., Foster, S., Proctor, C. A., Gilmour, S. M., Doria, M., Sebes, J., Whitton, J., Cooke, S. J., and Bennett, J. R. 2021. Fixing the Canadian Species at Risk Act: Identifying major issues and recommendations for increasing accountability and efficiency. FACETS.

Raymond, C. V., McCune, J. L., Rosner-Katz, H., Chadès, I., Schuster, R., Gilbert, B., and Bennett, J. R. 2020. Combining Species Distribution Models and Value of Information Analysis for spatial allocation of conservation resources. Journal of Applied Ecology 57: 819-830.

Hill, C. J., Schuster, R., and Bennett, J. R. Indigenous involvement in the Canadian species at risk recovery process. 2019. Environmental Science and Policy: 94, 220-226.

 Bennett, J. R., Maxwell, S. L., Martin, A. E., Chadès, I., Fahrig, L. and Gilbert, B. 2018. When to monitor and when to act: value of information theory for multiple management units and limited budgets. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55: 2102–2113.

Coutts, S. R., Helmstedt, K. J., and Bennett, J. R. 2018. Invasion lags and the stories we tell ourselves: our inability to infer pattern from process. Diversity and Distributions 24: 244-251.

Bower, S. D., Brownscombe, J. W., Birnie-Gauvin, K., Ford, M. I., Moraga, A. D., Pusiak, R. J. P., Turenne, E. D., Zolderdo, A.J., Cooke, S. J. and Bennett, J. R. 2018. Making tough choices: Picking the appropriate conservation decision-making tool. Conservation Letters. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12418.