Dr. Stephen Petersen is the Head of Conservation and Research for Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Conservation and Research Department runs active field and zoo-based programs from the labs and offices at the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centet. Recent research projects at the LIPBCC have focused on the ecology and genetics of Arctic mammals (polar bears and seals) as well as engaging citizen scientists to help monitor Arctic species. Stephen started his education at the University of Alberta then moved to Nova Scotia to study the phylogenetics of southern flying squirrels for his Masters of Science. He then moved to Ontario for a Ph.D. at Trent University studying population genetics of Arctic mammals (polar bears, ringed seals, Peary caribou). Following his doctoral research, Stephen moved to Winnipeg to work at Fisheries and Oceans Canada on the genetics of Arctic marine mammals (ringed seals, narwhal, beluga, bowhead, and killer whales). Stephen is also Adjunct Professor at both the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba, the past-president of the Manitoba chapter of The Wildlife Society, and serves on the Terrestrial Mammal sub-Committee of COSEWIC (the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada).