Pete spent 12 years in Shetland, including a post as Assistant Warden for three years at the world famous Fair Isle Bird Observatory. His introduction to applied conservation was provided during six years working for the UK government as Nature Conservancy Council officer for Shetland.
In 1990 he moved to Canada and worked until 1996 on the Great Lakes wildlife toxicology programs of the federal government’s Canadian Wildlife Service, documenting levels and impacts of toxic pollutants on wildlife at the top of aquatic foodwebs.
He joined World Wildlife Fund Canada, as Director of Canada’s Endangered Species Program in 1996 and then directed WWF’s Arctic conservation work from 2000-2006, focusing heavily on shifting the industrial development paradigm to one that provides adequately for conservation of intact ecosystems, and ecological and cultural diversity, while the opportunity still remains. Pete now directs WWF’s species conservation work, with a strong focus on flagship species in globally significant regions, such as the polar bear, woodland caribou, and whales.
He has served on many government and non-government committees and boards, and is a public speaker on ecological and conservation biology subjects. Author of over 100 scientific papers or popular articles, and 11 book chapters, he is highly committed to effective communication of both research results and conservation challenges and solutions.