Martyn Obbard

Research Scientist

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry


I joined the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF) in 1984 as a Biologist in the Fur Management Section working on various trapper education initiatives. I was Scientific Editor for the book ‘Wild Furbearer Management and Conservation in North America’ which was published in 1987. I joined the Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section (WRMS) as a Research Biologist in 1989 to work on a long-term ecological study of black bears in the Boreal forest. I have been a Research Scientist with WRMS since January 1998, and an adjunct professor at Trent University since October 1999.

Research Area:

My current areas of concentration include black bear population dynamics, influence of black bear predation on moose population dynamics, and black bear habitat use. Other areas of concentration are polar bear population dynamics and the effects of climate change on polar bear movement patterns and body condition.

Graduate Education:

  • M.Sc. University of Guelph, 1977
  • Ph.D. University of Guelph 1983


  • Watershed Ecosystems Graduate Program, Trent University
  • Department of Biology, University of Waterloo
  • Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Graduate Students

I supervise graduate students (Trent University) or serve on graduate student committees through cross-appointments. Students interested in graduate opportunities should check the Trent University web site.


This is a list of publications from collaborative research with grad students and colleagues.

Contact Info:

Martyn.Obbard at
Tel: 705-755-1549
Fax: 705-755-1559
Office Location: DNA Building, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario

Mailing Address:

Wildlife Research and Monitoring Section
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry
Trent University
2140 East Bank Drive
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada K9J 7B8

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