Meet Lily Peacock

Video Shot in: 2009

Dr. Lily Peacock, a research biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, is actively involved in polar bear monitoring and research. With a long-term data set spanning back to the 1980s, her work focuses on understanding polar bear ecology and assessing the impacts of climate change on these iconic creatures. Previously serving as the polar bear biologist in Nunavut, Canada, Dr. Peacock engaged in both research and management, collaborating closely with Inuit communities and hunting organizations to set sustainable harvest quotas based on scientific evidence. Her research primarily centered on the Eastern Arctic, particularly Baffin Island, where she studied seasonalized populations of polar bears that spend several months on land during the ice-free period. Through her fieldwork experiences, she gained invaluable insights into the challenges and rewards of conducting research in remote and rugged Arctic environments, relying on specialized techniques, bear-proof cabins, and logistical support from local communities. Dr. Peacock’s dedication to studying polar bears and her contributions to understanding their behavior and conservation have made her a respected figure in the field of wildlife biology.