As a government scientist and professor, Sherman has worked as a conservation biologist for more than 30 years doing research, inventory and monitoring, management and policy, and law development for endangered species and biodiversity conservation.
Leading the biodiversity program for the Nova Scotia Government, he played a focal role in the development and implementation of the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act, the Canadian Biodiversity Strategy and many other initiatives.
At Acadia University, Sherman taught conservation biology and ecology courses and has had research projects and students working on birds, invertebrates, and plants.
Sherman has been an active (paid or volunteer) contributor to many provincial, national, and international conservation projects, committees and organizations, including COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada for twenty-five years and Wildlife Conservation Society Canada for eleven years.
Sherman and his partner live in the woods near Wolfville, Nova Scotia, eat local food, and work at having a small ecological footprint.