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Caribou, Communities, and Keeping the Peace

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 […]

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

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 […]

Another WildCo year has kicked off!

Another WildCo year has kicked off!

It’s hard to believe that summer has flown by, but here we are starting another academic year! A sure sign of the changing season is the new student orientations at UBC, such as the Forestry JumpStart tours that stopped by the Wildlife Coexistence lab to learn about our wildlife research projects from Joanna KvB and […]

Two new publications highlight cumulative effects of land use on Alberta’s boreal mammals

Two new publications highlight cumulative effects of land use on Alberta’s boreal mammals

Two new papers have recently been published by Cole and colleagues that highlight the varied effects of anthropogenic disturbances on larger mammals in Alberta’s boreal forests. Mary Toews published one of her M.Sc. thesis chapters in the Journal of Environmental Management (Toews, M. F. Juanes and A.C. Burton.  2018. Mammal responses to the human footprint vary […]

April was a good month at WildCo!

April was a good month at WildCo!

The spring semester finished off well for the WildCo Lab. Erin Tattersall and Joanna Klees van Bommel were both awarded prestigious NSERC CGSM awards. Aisha Uduman also received an award from the Rufford Foundation as she embarks on field work in Sri Lanka for her M.Sc. research on leopard-livestock coexistence. Congratulations to all! And a big […]

Joanna awarded National Geographic grant!

Joanna awarded National Geographic grant!

Congratulations to Joanna Klees van Bommel, who was just awarded an Early Career grant from the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration! This grant will help Joanna pursue her M.Sc. thesis field research on human-carnivore coexistence on southern Vancouver Island — we’re all excited to see the results (including more cougar and black […]

Erin and Joanna B. represent the lab at ACTWS

Erin and Joanna B. represent the lab at ACTWS

WildCo was very well represented at the annual meeting of the Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society in Lethbridge. Joanna played a major role in organizing the conference, bringing in high-profile plenary speakers such as Dan Simberloff, and presenting her hot-off-the computer results on multispecies density modelling to support caribou conservation. And Erin took home […]

WildCo at PEEC

WildCo at PEEC

In February, Erin, Aisha and Joanna (KVB) represented WildCo at the 2018 Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference (PEEC) in beautiful Bamfield, BC. They made sure terrestrial mammal conservation was getting attention at this venue, with a talk and two posters on caribou conservation and human-carnivore coexistence!