Peter Arcese is FRBC Chair of Applied Conservation Biology in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences and Faculty of Forestry. He works on the ecology and genetics of animals and plants, the persistence of small populations, and the design and management of nature reserves. He graduated in Zoology from the University of Washington and completed MSc and PhD degrees in Zoology at UBC. Prof. Arcese studied as a NATO then NSERC post-doc in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, from 1987-91 with A.R.E. Sinclair, producing the second of five co-edited books on the dynamics and conservation of the Serengeti Ecosystem, and many papers on the natural history, behavior and population dynamics of African ungulates and the economics of community conservation and anti-poaching programs.
He was assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin, from 1992-98, where he won an NSF Young Investigator award. His labs have included 11 post-doctoral fellows and 28 graduate students, most of whom now teach, conduct research or work in conservation or genetics. Prof. Arcese is a Fellow and former Councilor of the American Ornithologists Union and an editor of the Journal of Avian Biology. He has published over 100 research papers and books with more than 100 co-authors and currently focuses on the demography and genetics of plant and animal populations of the Pacific Coast, the efficient design of nature reserves, and the conservation and restoration of native ecosystems.