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A boreal woodland caribou in northeastern Alberta, where caribou populations face habitat loss and increased predation from industrial development similar to that faced by southern mountain caribou.

Caribou, Communities, and Keeping the Peace

By Erin Tattersall A human-wildlife conflict is simmering in the Peace River Region in northeastern British Columbia. On March 21, the BC government released a draft Partnership Agreement for the recovery of the Central Group of southern mountain caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou). The draft outlines immediate actions to protect the six caribou herds in the […]

Of Mice and Moose: Five lessons and learnings from the start of grad school

Of Mice and Moose: Five lessons and learnings from the start of grad school

By Alexia Constantinou 1. The past six months have been an exciting roller coaster of the birth of a new wildlife research project: my master’s thesis. I began my MSc in September of 2018, as a co-supervised student between Cole Burton (Wildlife Coexistence Lab) and Suzanne Simard (Belowground Ecology Group). My work focuses on how […]

Figure 1. An example of a user-defined "ROI" or region of interest used in the Phenopix analysis.

Remote cameras for studying animals or plants: why not both?

By: Taylor Justason With one of WildCo’s main study tools being the camera trap, readers of this blog have probably gathered that the use of remote cameras to study the natural world is rapidly increasing in popularity. Remotely-triggered cameras for detecting wildlife have been in use almost as long as the camera has been around: […]

Richardson Caribou Range – A Tale of Two Disturbances

Richardson Caribou Range – A Tale of Two Disturbances

By Joanna Burgar Descending into our study area in the Richardson backcountry, almost exactly halfway between Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan in north-eastern Alberta, stirs up a mix of emotions. Our study area lies within Canada’s magnificent boreal forest —a fire dominated landscape comprising burned and unburned patches of upland jack pine (Pinus banksiana) and […]

Where are the bears?

Where are the bears?

By Joanna van Bommel I have now been out to my fieldwork site 6 times spanning from June-October, and while locals and my camera traps both agree there is a lot of black bear activity, I have yet to see one. I have camera traps set up in Sooke, a municipality west of Victoria on […]

A hefty male Sri Lankan leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) captured on a camera trap.

The Conservation Learning Curve

By Aisha Uduman As a MSc student in the UBC Wildlife Coexistence Lab, I’ve always been drawn to interdisciplinary research aiming to address pressing issues of our time. How do we balance poverty alleviation and economic development, while allowing for coexistence with species competing with humans for habitat and potential prey? That’s probably how I […]

Two endangered male gaur (Bos gaurus) fighting.

Do protected areas work?

By Cheng Chen Setting up protected areas is one of the fundamental approaches of in-situ conservation. But ecologists and conservation biologists are always wondering: do protected areas work for wildlife? In 2015, I spent 6 months in 6 protected areas located in a place called Xishuangbanna (pronunciation: “Sibsong banna”) in Southwest China and tried to […]

The top of the mountain behind us - were we came from. Happy faces, happy end of the hike.

I finally made it to “Las Sogas (the ropes)”

By Francis Aurich The general focus of my research project is the study of the Andean bear, also known as the spectacled bear, in Northern Peru. I am currently using some of the Spectacled Bear Conservation Society (SBC) field data. Over the past 10 years, SBC has been monitoring the population of bears that inhabit […]

Pics or it didn’t happen: a successful first year of fieldwork

Pics or it didn’t happen: a successful first year of fieldwork

By Caroline Seip May was an exciting month for me as I marked the end of my one year pilot project, and I began deployment of the rest of the cameras for my graduate research project. Hopefully by the time this is posted all of my cameras will be set up in the field and […]

Disorientated and displaced orangutan in search of food, is rescued along a road in East Kalimantan ©Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation

From Borneo to British Columbia; Human-Wildlife Conflict Challenges Remain the Same

By Jacqui Sunderland-Groves The Wildlife Coexistence Lab at UBC is researching a number of wildlife species to investigate how human development impacts their distribution and abundance, and how human-wildlife conflict can be alleviated. Find out more about #WildCo   Globally, human-wildlife conflict incidents are occurring with increasing frequency and as we continue to alter natural […]