Dr. Dawn Bazely is a Professor of Biology and former Director of the Institute for Research Innovation in Sustainability at York University. She received a Masters degree in Botany from the University of Toronto and her PhD in Zoology from Oxford University. Afterward, she completed an Ernest Cook Research Fellowship at Somerville College at the University of Oxford and a Trevelyan Research Fellowship at Selwyn College at the University of Cambridge before joining the faculty at York. Dawn is with us today to tell us all about her journey through life and science.
Dawn and her students study plant-animal interactions, from temperate to arctic regions, along with associated research areas, including invasive species, climate change impacts, forest dynamics, and fungal endophytes of grasses. Her research has included studies of the effect of grazing by lesser snow geese on sub-arctic salt-marshes, foraging behaviour in sheep, plant anti-herbivore defenses and the effects of deer grazing and browsing in Carolinian forests in southern Ontario. She has done field-work in Scotland, England, Scandinavia, Newfoundland, on Hudson Bay, and throughout Ontario. Dawn’s publications number over 70 journal articles, chapters, and books. Dawn teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in plant ecology, biological science, population biology, ecology and evolution, conservation, environmental security and sustainability. In 2003, Bazely received the Faculty of Science and Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award. She frequently gives guest lectures in courses across York University and at other universities.