Ian McLaren

Ian McLaren

Ian McLaren was raised in woodsy West-End Montreal, so natural history was an early calling. As an undergraduate at McGill he spent summers on an arctic research vessel and spent 15 years studying marine life in Nunavut. Read More

After a PhD at Yale, he joined the McGill faculty and then in 1966 came to Dalhousie, until he retired as professor emeritus. He has published over 100 scientific papers, mostly on marine ecology, and an equal number of reports and semi-popular accounts, including his 2012 book, “All the Birds of Nova Scotia”. He has served on national academic grant committees, held research fellowships elsewhere, been chair or president of regional and national natural history and conservation organizations, and been consulted on (some contentious) developments.

He still spends too much time at the computer, and not enough outdoors finding out things about birds that he never knew before.