Science Partners | WWF-Canada
 
	© Zig Koch / WWF

Science Partners

Whether it’s engineers designing smarter fishing gear in Newfoundland, GIS experts pinpointing key conservation zones in the Arctic, or forensic scientists using DNA analysis to identify illegally traded coral, we rely on scientific partners to create national and global impact.

Our partners bring cutting-edge research, technology and expertise to the frontlines of conservation work. Together, we produce authoritative reports, groundbreaking modelling systems, critical assessment tools and more.

And while we have many official partnerships with major institutions, as you’ll see below, we’re also proud of the dozens of less formal relationships that drive our success.
 
	© Beaufort Sea Partnership
Beaufort Sea Partnership
© Beaufort Sea Partnership

Beaufort Sea Partnership

WWF is proud to be one of more than 50 organizations working together to protect the Beaufort Sea ecosystem. By collaborating with local communities, we are improving mapping resources and capabilities, increasing scientific knowledge of local wildlife and providing information for planning decisions. Learn more.
 
	© Brock University
Brock University
© Brock University

Brock University, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre

Brock University’s Environment and Sustainability Centre has been instrumental in our work along the St. John River in New Brunswick. Through extensive surveys with the people living and working in the area, they’ve developed a Social Ecological Inventory to help us better understand social perceptions and uses of this precious ecosystem. Learn more.
 
	© Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University
© Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University

WWF and Dalhousie University have joined forces to establish “A Conservation Legacy for Oceans” – a unique partnership that will forge real change for the future of our waters. The goal is to inspire a new generation of marine conservation leadership and create new ways for coastal communities to flourish. Learn more.
 
	© Global Footprint Network
Global Footprint Network
© Global Footprint Network

Global Footprint Network

The Global Footprint Network promotes the science of sustainability by advancing the Ecological Footprint, a resource accounting tool that makes sustainability measurable. The footprints they calculate for each country are a key part of our Living Planet Reports, illustrating the pressures humans are placing on our planet’s resources. Learn more.
 
	© Marine Planning Partnership, British Columbia
Marine Planning Partnership, British Columbia
© Marine Planning Partnership, British Columbia

Marine Planning Partnership, British Columbia

The “MaPP” is a planning process jointly led by the B.C. Government and 20 First Nations from the B.C. coast to develop new coastal and marine plans for this region. WWF is proud to contribute science and policy expertise to the development of Canada’s first large-scale marine spatial plan and to represent conservation interests in the multi-party discussions around the planning table. Learn more.
 
	© Memorial University of Newfoundland, Marine Institute
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Marine Institute
© Memorial University of Newfoundland, Marine Institute

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Marine Institute

By combining WWF’s conservation expertise with the Marine Institute’s applied marine research, we’re driving creative solutions to the environmental issues facing our oceans. Our partnership gives students the opportunity to put their cutting-edge research to work for the planet. Learn more.
 
	© McGill University
McGill University
© McGill University

McGill University

Through their advanced climate change models, our partners at McGill University have deepened the world’s understanding of the challenges faced by the Arctic. Their work provided the foundation for major WWF projects such as RACER (links to WWF International) and the Last Ice Area (links to WWF International), helping us identify key areas to focus our conservation efforts. Learn more.
 
	© Pacific Salmon Foundation
Pacific Salmon Foundation
© Pacific Salmon Foundation

Pacific Salmon Foundation

The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) is a non-governmental, charitable organization dedicated to protecting and rebuilding wild Pacific salmon populations. As a primary research partner, the PSF has played an important role in strengthening our understanding of the cumulative environmental impacts in Canada’s West Coast waters. Learn more.
 
	© Simon Fraser University
Simon Fraser University
© Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University, Centre for Forensic Research & School of Criminology

Thanks to our relationship with Simon Fraser University, WWF has made significant progress in the fight against illegally traded species. Researchers at the DNA analysis labs at SFU have been able to develop methods for extracting genetic material from products like coral necklaces and provide the evidence to help prosecute smugglers. Learn more.
 
	© University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia
© University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

WWF has worked with scientists at UBC over the past decade on various marine and freshwater issues. UBC professors sit on our national Oceans Advisory Committee, while a study we commissioned by UBC’s renowned Fisheries Economics Research Unit has helped Canada better understand the risk of oil spills on B.C.’s north coast. Learn more.
 
	© University of Waterloo, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy
University of Waterloo, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy
© University of Waterloo, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy

University of Waterloo, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy

WWF has teamed up with the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) to produce the first national map of Canada’s renewable energy potential. Partnering with WISE gives us access to sophisticated tools, knowledge and expertise to gather and analyze important data and kick-start an informed discussion around energy strategies in Canada. Learn more.
 
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Zoological Society of London
© Zoological Society of London

Zoological Society of London

The Zoological Society of London is an international scientific, conservation and educational organization that collaborates with WWF to produce our Living Planet Reports. Thanks to their work tracking more than 2,600 species around the world, we are able to paint a compelling picture of the health of global biodiversity. Learn more.