Dawn Bazely holds the title of University Professor at York University, where she is Professor in the Biology Department in the Faculty of Science. She was Director of York University’s Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) from 2006-11 and 2012-14. Dawn has degrees from the University of Toronto, Canada, and Oxford University, UK. She is an ecologist and studies plant-herbivore interactions and plant defences. She has done extensive field work in temperate forests, grasslands and arctic ecosystems.
In 2003, Dawn received York’s Faculty of Science and Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2013, she received the York University President’s University-Wide Teaching Award (UWTA) in the full-time faculty category. Dawn was singled out by the Globe and Mail as York University's "Hotshot Professor" in their 2014 Universities Report. In 2017, she received York University’s Sustainability Leadership Award.
While leading IRIS (York’s sustainability research institute), Dawn led and collaborated on interdisciplinary research in the science-policy-politics nexus with colleagues from political science, business, law, health, history, ethics and education. From 2006-11, Dawn co-led the International Polar Year project, GAPS: Gas, Arctic Peoples and Security. She spent her 2011-12 sabbatical at Harvard Forest, and as a Visiting Researcher in Oxford University’s Biodiversity Institute. During her last sabbatical (2017-18), Dawn was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Visva Bharati University in West Bengal, India and in the Biology Department at Monash University, Australia.
Dawn advocates for citizen science, and for scientists, including science students, to be better public science communicators. She organizes and participates in public science events.
Keywords: Citizen science; science-policy-politics; climate change impacts on ecosystems; invasive species; herbivory; plant defences; forests and grasslands in the arctic, sub-arctic and temperate regions