Dr. Bruce Pond
Bruce completed his BA(Hons) in geography at York University in 1974. He moved to Queen’s University to work with Dr. Roly Tinline on rabies epidemiology and computer applications in planning (early GIS) and completed his MA in 1976. He worked at the university for a number of years in Computing Services, eventually returning to the academic side as a lecturer in quantitative methods and applied computing in the Department of Geography and the School of Urban and Regional Planning. During this time he continued work with Dr. Tinline in developing the Ontario Rabies Model, a spatial simulation model of fox populations used in planning rabies vaccination programs. Bruce enrolled in a PhD program in urban-economic geography at Queen’s to investigate the process of rural to urban land conversion and completed his thesis, graduating in 1992.
From 1989 to 2000 Bruce worked in the Wildlife Research Section of the Ministry of Natural Resources as an Analytical Biologist dealing with questions as diverse as analysis of GPS tracking data from black bears, development of indicators for land use policy evaluation and the introduction of GIS capability to the section. In 2000 he began work as Wildlife Landscape Ecology Scientist in the Wildlife Research and Development Section of the Ministry of Natural Resources. He is an honorary external associate at Trent University and is a partner in the Natural Resources DNA Profiling and Forensic Centre. Current research interests include his ongoing development of indicators for monitoring ecosystem integrity at multiple scales and the analysis of broad-scale human impacts on wildlife genetics and populations.