Short CV

3One page Curriculum Vitae

Edward Gregr, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Updated: 05 October 2016

Education, affiliations, and award

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Resources, Environment, and Sustainability. 2016. Institute of Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, University of British Columbia.
  • Principal, SciTech Environmental Consulting, Vancouver, British Columbia (2002 – present)
  • Master of Science, Zoology. 2000. Marine Mammal Research Unit, Zoology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science (Co-op). 1992. Simon Fraser University
  • Over 25 years combined experience in marine field program development and implementation, research, consulting, and project management
  • Co-chair, Nearshore Habitat Working Group. Sponsored by DFO-Science (established 2006)
  • British Columbia Registered Professional Biologist #1442, since 2002
  • Member of the Society for Marine Mammology since 2001
  • NSERC IPS (1997-1998); NSERC CGS (2008-2011); UBC FYF (2009-2013)

Selected publications and reports

Gregr, E.J., R. Gryba, M. Z. Li, H. Alidina, V. Kostylev, and C.G. Hannah. 2016. A benthic habitat template for Pacific Canada’s continental shelf. Can. Tech. Rep. Hydrogr. Ocean Sci. 312: vii + 37 p.

Robinson, C., J. Boutillier, D. Biffard, E.J. Gregr, J. Finney, T. Therriault, M. Greenlaw, V. Barrie, M. Foreman, A. Pena, D. Masson, K. Bodker, K. Head, J. Spencer, J. Bernhardt, J. Smith, C. Short. 2015. Key elements in the development of a hierarchical marine ecological classification system to support ecosystem approaches to management in Pacific Canada. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2015/028. viii + 58 p.

Gregr, E.J., Gryba, R., James, M.C., Brotz, L., and Thornton, S.J. 2015. Information relevant to the identification of critical habitat for Leatherback Sea Turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) in Canadian Pacific waters. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc.
2015/079. vii + 32p.

Gregr, E.J. and K.M.A. Chan. 2014. Leaps of Faith: How Implicit Assumptions Compromise the Utility of Ecosystem Models for Decision-making. BioScience: biu185.

Clarke Murray, C., H. Gartner, E.J. Gregr, K.M.A. Chan, E. Pakhomov, and T.W. Therriault. 2014. Spatial distribution of marine invasive species: environmental, demographic and vector drivers. Diversity and distributions 20:7: 824-836.

Gregr, E.J., J. Lessard, and J. Harper. 2013. A spatial framework for representing nearshore ecosystems. Progress in Oceanography 115:189-201.

Gregr E.J., M.F. Baumgartner, K.L. Laidre, D.M. Palacios. 2013. Marine mammal habitat models come of age: the emergence of ecological and management relevance. Endangered Species Research 22:205-212.

Palacios D.M., M.F. Baumgartner, K.L. Laidre, E.J. Gregr. 2013. Beyond correlation: integrating environmentally and behaviourally mediated processes in models of marine mammal distributions. Endangered Species Research 22:191-203.

Gregr, E.J., A.L. Ahrens, and R.I. Perry. 2012. Reconciling classifications of ecologically and biologically significant areas in the world’s oceans. Marine Policy 36: 716-726.

Espinosa-Romero, M. J., E. J. Gregr, C. Walters, V. Christensen and K. M. A. Chan. 2011. Representing mediating effects and species reintroductions in Ecopath with Ecosim. Ecological Modelling 222(9): 1569-1579.

Gregr, E.J. and K.M.A. Chan. 2011. Making Science relevant to marine ecosystem-based management. Biological Conservation 144:670-671.

Gregr, E.J. 2011. Insights into North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica) habitat from historic whaling records. Endangered Species Research 15:223-239.

Gregr, E.J. and K. O. Coyle. 2009. The biogeography of the North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica). Progress in Oceanography 80:188-198.

Gregr, E.J. and A.W. Trites. 2008. A novel presence-only validation technique leads to improved habitat descriptions for the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus). Marine Ecology Progress Series 365: 247-261.

Gregr, E.J., L. Nichol, J.C. Watson, J.K.B. Ford, and G. M. Ellis, 2008. Estimating carrying capacity for sea otters in British Columbia. Journal of Wildlife Management 72(2): 382-388.

Gregr, E.J. and K.M. Bodtker, 2007. Adaptive classification of marine ecosystems: identifying biologically meaningful regions in the marine environment. Deep-Sea Research 1 54:385-402.

Trites, A.W., A.J. Miller, H.D.G. Maschner, and 28 others. 2007. Bottom-up forcing and the decline of Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in Alaska: assessing the ocean climate hypothesis. Fisheries Oceanography 16(1): 46-67.

Zacharias, M. and E.J. Gregr, 2005. Sensitivity and vulnerability in marine environments: A value-stress approach to identifying Vulnerable Marine Areas. Conservation Biology 19(1): 86-97.

Jamieson, G.S., E.J. Gregr, and C. Robinson. 2004. Northern abalone case study for the determination of critical habitat. Can. Sci. Adv. Sec. Res. Doc. 2004/117. 63 p.

Gregr, E.J. and A.W. Trites, 2001. Predictions of critical habitat for five whale species in the waters of coastal British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 58: 1265-1285.

Gregr, E.J., L. Nichol, J.K.B. Ford, G. Ellis and A.W. Trites. 2000. Migration and population structure of northeastern Pacific Whales off Coastal British Columbia: An analysis of commercial whaling records from 1908 to 1967. Marine Mammal Science, 16(4): 699-727.


Oral presentations given regularly at Society of Marine Mammalogy biennial meetings (5), Alaska Marine Science Annual meetings (6), and North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) meetings (6) between 1999 and 2010. An additional 25 or so presentations given at various other conferences; Regularly present at Canadian Pacific science meetings at the request of Fisheries and Oceans (CSAS meetings); Organise annual meetings for the BC Nearshore Habitat Working Group.

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