Frederick Wrona


Position:  Professor and Svare Research Chair in Integrated Watershed Processes

Department: Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Fred Wrona received a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology in 1977 and a PhD in Aquatic Ecology in 1982 from the University of Calgary. He has >30 years of experience leading or contributing to numerous environmental research and monitoring programs addressing regional, national and international environmental issues related to: climate impacts on freshwater ecosystems; cold regions hydro-ecology; multiple stressor and cumulative effects assessments; ecotoxicology; and environmental monitoring program design. Most recently, he was the inaugural Chief Scientist and Assistant Deputy Minister (Environmental Monitoring and Science Division) for the Department of Alberta Environment and Parks and was previously the Vice-President and Chief Scientist at the Alberta Environmental Monitoring and Evaluation Agency. He also served as the government co-chair for the joint Canada-Alberta Oil Sands Monitoring Program.

During his previous 20+ year career with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Dr. Wrona held multiple research and senior scientific roles, including serving as the Canadian Head Delegate to the Arctic Council, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and to the UNESCO International Hydrology Programme (IHP).  Dr. Wrona has published >160 peer-reviewed scientific articles, reports and proceedings and was an invited lead and/or contributing author to major international scientific assessments, including; the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA), and the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA). He has sat on numerous Canadian and International scientific panels and Boards, held academic appointments at several Canadian and European Universities, and is the recipient of numerous national and international distinctions and awards for his research and scientific program leadership.