Dawn R. Bazely

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Dawn R. Bazely
Charles Krebs and Dawn Bazely at Judy Myers' retirement celebration in 2007 (cropped).jpg
Bazely (right) speaking to Charles Krebs (left) at the retirement of colleague Judith H. Myers in 2007
Born (1960-08-30) 30 August 1960 (age 58)
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
Somerville College, Oxford
Scientific career
InstitutionsYork University
ThesisForaging behaviour of sheep (Ovis aries L.) grazing on swards of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)
Doctoral advisorJohn R. Krebs

Dawn R. Bazely (born 30 August 1960) is an ecology and evolutionary biology professor, the former Director of the Institute for Research Innovation in Sustainability, at York University in Canada.

Early life and education[edit]

Bazely was born in India, and moved as a toddler to England, United Kingdom.[1]

She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in biogeography and environmental studies at the University of Toronto.[2] She then completed a Master's (MSc) degree in botany, under the supervision of Robert L. Jefferies, at the University of Toronto.[2][3] Her MSc thesis investigated the impact of grazing by Anser caerulescens caerulescens (lesser snow geese) on the Hudson Bay shores' salt-marsh vegetation.[3] She then completed her D.Phil. (PhD) in zoology, at the Edward Grey Institute in Field Ornithology, at the University of Oxford in 1998.[2][4] supervised by John R. Krebs; she investigated sheep grazing behaviour.[1][4]


Bazely then held an Ernest Cook Research Fellowship at Somerville College of the University of Oxford, followed by a Trevelyan Research Fellowship at Selwyn College of the University of Cambridge.[2] In 1990, she returned to Canada to join York University's biology department as a faculty member.[1][2]

She was York University's Director of the Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) from 2006–11 and 2012-14.[4][5] In this role, she developed expertise in sustainability, science policy and environmental security, and expanded her research focus.[6][7] Currently, Bazely is a University Professor within York University's faculty of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.[8]


Bazely's research lab focuses on ecology (specifically forests, grasslands, herbivores, climate change and invasive species), and broader issues of sustainability, as well as exploring intersections with science policy, open access, citizen science, and science communication.[6][7][9] She has published over 70 academic publications, as well as books and book chapters, resulting in over 2,000 citations and an h-index of 26.[2][10]


In 2003, Bazely received York University's Faculty of Science and Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award.[2] In 2013, she was awarded York University's President’s University-Wide Teaching Awards, in the senior full-time faculty category, in recognition of time spent on preparing and innovating the courses she teaches.[11][5] Bazely was also recognized as a "Hotshot Professor" in the Globe and Mail's 2014 Canadian University Report.[5][12] In a The Washington Post editorial, Bazely writes that she uses editing Wikipedia pages as a tool to teach her students the skills of HTML-style coding.[13] Bazely also co-sponsors a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at York University.[14]

Public engagement and science communication[edit]

In 2015, Bazely co-founded York University's Annual International Ada Lovelace Day with York University's Science and Engineering Librarian, John Dupuis.[4][15] In July 2018, she was an invited speaker for a science communication panel at the 2018 Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Annual Meeting, where she spoke about communicating science to policy makers.[16][17]


Selected academic publications[edit]

  • Bazely DR, and Jefferies RL. "Goose faeces: a source of nitrogen for plant growth in a grazed salt marsh". The Journal of Ecology, 693-703. 1985.
  • Bazely DR and Jefferies RL. "Changes in the composition and standing crop of salt-marsh communities in response to the removal of a grazer." The Journal of Ecology, 693-706. 1986.
  • Vicari M and Bazely DR. "Do grasses fight back? The case for antiherbivore defences." Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 8(4), 137-141. 1993.
  • McLachlan SM and Bazely DR. "Recovery patterns of understory herbs and their use as indicators of deciduous forest regeneration." Conservation Biology 15 (1), 98-110. 2001.
  • Koh S, Vicari M, Ball JP, Rakocevic T, Zaheer S, Hik DS and Bazely DR. "Rapid detection of fungal endophytes in grasses for large‐scale studies." Functional Ecology 20 (4), 736-742. 2006.
  • Tanentzap AJ, Bazely DR and Lafortezza R. "Diversity–invasibility relationships across multiple scales in disturbed forest understoreys." Biological Invasions 12 (7), 2105-2116. 2010.
  • Bazel DR, Perkins PE, Duailibi M and Klenk, N. "Strengthening Resilience by Thinking of Knowledge as a Nutrient Conecting the Local Person to Global Thinking." Planetary Praxis & Pedagogy, 119-132. 2015.
  • Bazely DR, Dubreuil A and Nanayakkara L. "How the unconference approach can increase stakeholder engagement." Revista Vínculos 3 (1). 2018.

Selected books[edit]

  • Myers J, Myers JH, and Bazely DR. "Ecology and control of introduced plants." Cambridge University Press. 2003.
  • Hoogensen Gjørv G, Bazely DR, Goloviznina M, and Tanentzap AJ. "Environmental and Human Security in the Arctic." Routledge (Earthscan): Taylor & Francis Group. 2014.


  1. ^ a b c "Lab People, starting with Dawn | Bazely Biology lab: collaborative, interdisciplinary, fun". dawnbazely.lab.yorku.ca. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "174: Dr. Dawn Bazely: Investigating the Intriguing Interactions between Animals and Plants - People Behind the Science Podcast". www.peoplebehindthescience.com. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  3. ^ a b R., Bazely, Dawn (1984). "RESPONSES OF SALT-MARSH VEGETATION TO GRAZING BY LESSER SNOW GEESE (Anser caerulescens caerulescens)".
  4. ^ a b c d "Dawn R Bazely". The Conversation. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  5. ^ a b c "Help choosing a university in Ontario". Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  6. ^ a b "Meet 5 academics who have switched disciplines mid-career | University Affairs". University Affairs. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  7. ^ a b "Open Your Mind: A Q&A with biologist Dawn Bazely – YFile". yfile.news.yorku.ca. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  8. ^ "York University – Faculty of Science". science.yorku.ca. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  9. ^ "Bazely Biology lab: collaborative, interdisciplinary, fun | An ongoing Initiative in Research & Innovation in Sustainability". dawnbazely.lab.yorku.ca. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  10. ^ "Dawn Bazely - Google Scholar Citations". scholar.google.com. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  11. ^ "Recipients of President's University-Wide Teaching Awards embrace pedagogy – YFile". yfile.news.yorku.ca. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  12. ^ "York is an intellectual oasis in the suburbs, says The Globe and Mail's university report – YFile". yfile.news.yorku.ca. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  13. ^ Bazely, Dawn. "Perspective | Why Nobel winner Donna Strickland didn't have a Wikipedia page". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Wikipedia Editathon Chronicles Part 1 | Bazely Biology lab: collaborative, interdisciplinary, fun". dawnbazely.lab.yorku.ca. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  15. ^ "A recap of York University's 1st Ada Lovelace Day celebrations". #YorkU Celebrates #WomenInSTEM. 2015-10-30. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  16. ^ "Science Communication with Twitter: Tweeting Science to Policymakers | Bazely Biology lab: collaborative, interdisciplinary, fun". dawnbazely.lab.yorku.ca. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  17. ^ "Lunchtime Events". CSEE 2018. Retrieved 2018-08-26.