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UBC Giving Day 2021

UBC Giving Day 2021

We are excited to share that the WildCo Lab is a part of UBC’s Giving Day on April 7! As Giving Day approaches, we’ll be on social media highlighting different projects in the lab and sharing how your donations could help support our work. Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to get the latest […]

New paper: Predicting human-carnivore conflict at the urban-wildland interface

New paper: Predicting human-carnivore conflict at the urban-wildland interface

Joanna Klees van Bommel (WildCo masters student 2017-2019) has published the first chapter from her thesis: “Predicting human-carnivore conflict at the urban-wildland interface” in Global Ecology and Conservation. Congratulations Joanna! Check out the full article here and a great tweet thread summarising her main findings here!

Becoming a master’s student and studying the grizzly bear in the age of COVID-19 and social justice movements: a brief reflection

Becoming a master’s student and studying the grizzly bear in the age of COVID-19 and social justice movements: a brief reflection

Introduction: my path to graduate studies By: Chris Colton (MSc Student) Two years ago, in the summer of 2018, I was preparing for the final semester of my undergraduate degree at UBC. I was lucky enough to have a great mentor and friend at the time named Zoltan Mityok who was an MSc student in […]

Effects of scent lure on camera trap detections: New paper

Effects of scent lure on camera trap detections: New paper

Check out WildCo’s new addition – “Effects of scent lure on camera trap detections vary across mammalian predator and prey species” published in PlosOne this week. It shows that using of scent lure can attract predators to your cameras, but its effects are highly species-specific. The lead author, Dacyn Holinda, was an undergraduate in the […]

WildCam guest blog: Mitch Fennell

WildCam guest blog: Mitch Fennell

Our very own Mitch Fennell has written a blog post on multispecies monitoring in the beautiful Cathedral Provincial Park, looking to further address this question: How does non-consumptive recreation impact medium and large bodied mammal species in Cathedral Provincial Park? Take a look here.

Lockdown Wildco!

Lockdown Wildco!

The WildCo team is currently working from home, but we still meet remotely to collaborate and learn more about each other’s projects and ideas! Hopefully, while we are lockdown, the wild animals are running riot on our trail cameras… only time will tell!

WildCo Retreat 2020

WildCo Retreat 2020

February saw the inaugural WildCo retreat! The team headed over to the beautiful Lake Cowichan for two days of science, fun, and eating…. in that order. The first night involved a discussion of big issues in conservation biology and how our work informs them. On Saturday, we took a deep dive into understanding how to […]

WildCo papers x 2

WildCo papers x 2

This week brings not one but two publications fresh out of the WildCo lab: A paper exploring the co-occurrence patterns of predators along seismic lines in northern Alberta in Ecology and Evolution. The paper represents the second chapter published from Erin Tattersall’s MSc thesis. Congratulations Erin et al. A paper addressing the trade-offs between timber […]

New lab members: Alys and Tom

New lab members: Alys and Tom

We are excited to announce the arrival of two new researchers to the WildCo lab – Alys and Tom. Alys joins us all the way from the UBC zoology department where she recently completed her PhD on the impacts of logging and hunting on mammals in Malaysian Borneo. She will be getting to work on […]

New Paper: Responses to Caribou Habitat Restoration

New Paper: Responses to Caribou Habitat Restoration

November saw the publication of new research from the WildCo lab which suggests restoring habitat may not be enough to save threatened woodland caribou—an iconic animal that’s a major part of boreal forests in North America and a key part of the culture and economy of many Indigenous peoples in Canada. Erin Tattersall, a recently […]