Dr. Brent Patterson - Factors limiting population growth of wolves in Algonquin Park
Dr. Brent Patterson

Factors limiting population growth of wolves in Algonquin Park

Dr. Brent Patterson with a tranquilized Eastern Wolf that was just outfitted with a radio-telemetry collar.

Dr. Patterson is currently studying wolves in Algonquin Park with the help of graduate students from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Dr. Patterson is a Research Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and also a Conjunct Professor in the Watershed Ecosystems Program at Trent.

Brent Patterson knew at an early age that he would become a wildlife biologist. "I have been interested in wildlife since elementary school. My early exposure to the out-of-doors was primarily through hunting and fishing trips with my father. Whenever I wasn't in school, I would spend as much time in the woods as possible no matter the season. One of the things that I remember from my childhood was eagerly awaiting each new issue of Nova Scotia Conservation, which featured fascinating articles relating to the out-of-doors written by real biologists. I new at that point, at the age of 13, that I wanted to pursue a career in wildlife research and management."

After finishing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of New Brunswick, Brent continued his education at Acadia University where he earned a Masters of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Management for his research on Coyote life history in Nova Scotia's Kejimkujik National Park. Brent then headed to the University of Saskatchewan where he received a Doctorate in Philosophy from the Department of Biology for his work on Coyote-deer interactions in two areas of Nova Scotia.

Today Dr. Patterson is undertaking an ambitious study of the wolves in Algonquin Park. He is as excited today as he was as a child about wildlife biology. "I really enjoy what I do. As a wildlife biologist it is fascinating to learn more about a very elusive creature like the wolf, and to see and handle wolves in the field. Plus, there is the added bonus of working in a beautiful place like Algonquin Park."

Research Facility
Brent Patterson's graduate students conduct wolf research out of the Harkness Laboratory of Fisheries Research.

Suggested Reading
Educators: Learn more about Algonquin’s habitats, download readings and worksheets from the Educator Resources section of the Web Site, or you may also learn more through the following publications:

Mammals of Algonquin Provincial Park
Fifty-three species of mammals have been found in Algonquin Provincial Park. This book explains the life history of these mammals. The many illustrations help to make it easier to identify them, and the book also contains a useful reference chart for distinguishing tracks and scats.

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The Raven Talks About Wolves
This book contains sixteen articles about wolves that originally appeared in Algonquin Park's popular newsletter, The Raven, between its inception in 1960 and 2001.

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