Brett Favaro
Dr. Brett Favaro is a Liber Ero postdoctoral fellow ( His mission is simple: do science that informs the way we manage our natural resources, especially biodiversity. Primarily a marine biologist, Brett's research examines ways to make commercial fishing more sustainable. However, since many conservation problems are inherently political, he studies environmental policy as well.

Brett completed both his Bachelor's of Science and Ph.D at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. He writes about his ongoing research on the Liber Ero blog.

Entries by Brett Favaro

It's a Slippery Slope for Canadian Species at Risk

(2) Comments | Posted November 16, 2014 | 11:24 PM

In 2012, Canada's Fisheries Act was changed so that protecting fish habitat would no longer be mandatory in all cases. The government's rationale was simple: conservation laws were overly invasive, and went "well beyond what is required to protect fish and fish habitat." Over the years,...

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Humpback Whales Are No Longer 'Threatened' and it Has Nothing to Do With Pipelines

(12) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 6:28 PM

When it comes to the environment, few issues are more controversial than the conservation of whales. Overhunting drove many species to the brink of extinction, but a sustained global conservation effort has successfully brought some of these creatures back from the edge.

So when the announcement was made...

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The Science We Can Trust on Climate Change

(53) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 7:35 PM

The summary of the fifth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has been released, and it confirms that climate change is real, dangerous, and caused by us. More than 97% of science papers that take a position on climate change support this conclusion.

This unprecedented...

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