Dr. Robert Wrigley (Photo by Larry DeMarch)
Chair of Manitoba's Science Advisory Committee and Regional Board member
Robert Wrigley, PhD is the Chair of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) Science Advisory Committee in Manitoba and a valued Regional Board member.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Robert was raised in St. Lambert, Quebec where he had plenty of opportunities to pursue his early fascination with nature.
He received a BSc and MSc in zoology at McGill University, and a PhD in mammalogy at the University of Illinois. In 1970 he accepted the position of curator of birds and mammals, and later museum director, at the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature (Winnipeg). He then became the first director of the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Center (Stonewall, Manitoba) operated by Manitoba Conservation and Ducks Unlimited Canada, and finally became the the curator of the Assiniboine Park Zoo (Winnipeg).
Robert has long had a keen interest in interpreting natural history science to students and the public, and has prepared 65 exhibits, authored 18 books and more than 100 articles, presented numerous talks, and conducted over 2,200 media interviews. He has also served on a number of conservation-related boards, including NCC's Manitoba Regional Board and Chair of Manitoba's Scientific Advisory Network for over a decade.
Although recently retired, Robert continues to be an avid amateur entomologist, conducting field research and amassing a collection of over 10,000 beetles.