About Us

ACS Lab - September 2017We are a team of multidisciplinary conservation scholars dedicated to conceptually interesting and acutely applied research for the benefit of natural and human systems. A special geographic focus is the Great Bear Rainforest on British Columbia’s central coast, though our goal is that insights gained here have a global reach.

We want to do science inspired by nature, people, and place. The relatively easy part of our work is practising high-calibre, conceptually rich and well-regarded scholarship.  The more complex component is contributing to positive change.


Raincoast Applied Conservation Science Lab

Vision for Applied Science


Decision-makers, including members of the public, require reliable, timely and understandable information to address environmental problems and opportunities.

High-quality information often takes the form of evidence derived from scientific research.

Applied scholars can produce not only scholarship but also information to support decisions in the real world.

Seeking, generating and receiving evidence cannot be separated from the value systems of those involved.

Therefore, in all our work we strive to:

1) acknowledge and apply our core values: conservation, social justice, Indigenous rights, animal welfare, and informed advocacy;

2) work with diverse partners & knowledge systems, especially via collaboration with Indigenous Nations and their members;

3) develop and implement creative, targeted, compassionate and collaborative research connected to our core values;

4) nurture long-term relationships with partners via open dialogue, time spent learning from one another, and mutually-beneficial, productive research;

5) maintain the rigour of our research (and the utility of applied information) by exposing our work to peer-review, and;

6) broadly, clearly and compellingly communicate new knowledge to contribute to positive environmental and social change.