Ron Togunov

Ron Togunov

Ron is a PhD candidate in Zoology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Earlier, he completed a MSc in Ecology and Evolution in Edmonton at the University of Alberta. His master’s research looked at the foraging behavior of polar bears and how they use wind to help them find prey. For his PhD, he is studying the relationship of foraging behavior of polar bears and narwhals in relation to environmental factors such as sea ice concentration, ice drift, and wind speeds. He will use these relationships with the environment to map areas where critical foraging habitats may be at risk. His research will help develop species distribution modeling techniques, expand ecological understanding of top Arctic predators, aid conservation and management, and can help improve livelihood in Northern communities.