Ron Togunov is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, where his research focuses on the foraging ecology of polar bears and narwhals. He received a Bachelor’s degree from York University and his MSc from the University of Alberta. His MSc thesis focused on polar bear movement ecology.
Much of the research on polar bear movement focuses on broad spatial and temporal scales (e.g., home range size or seasonal shifts in distribution). Ron’s research attempts to resolve some of the underlying factors that drive fine-scale movement in the context of polar bear behavior (i.e. movement within a day). This research will help produce a more complete picture of the role the environment plays in fine-scale behaviors and will be important for predicting how polar bears may respond to environmental change.