Sunny view from Koeye.

A Conservation Scientist in the Anthropocene

Two weeks ago, I sat quietly in evening golden-hour sunshine on a cedar-wood bench, staring contemplatively out at a golden sand beach and working through a plate of vegetarian lasagna. Out of the corner of my vision, I caught sight of a blurry brown figure dashing across the shore; a yearling grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) […]

Of Meerkats and Killer Whales

For animal species that form social groups, living together can have a strong effect on individuals’ chances of survival and reproduction, and ultimately on how population sizes change over time. New work, led by Dr. Andrew Bateman of the Raincoast Lab, and involving a team of researchers from Canada, the UK, and Switzerland, combines theory […]

Fanie Pelletier and Martin Leclerc

Migration time

  The adventure was planned and prepared over several months. Everything was packed, the car was full, and the kids loved the echo their voices made in their emptied bedroom. It was now time to migrate on the West Coast, a few short weeks after I defended my Ph.D. thesis under the supervision of Fanie […]

We’re Hiring!

Job Posting: Lab Manager Raincoast Applied Conservation Science Lab Department of Geography – University of Victoria The Lab Manager will join a productive, collegial team of applied conservation scholars to coordinate research and lab logistics. The position is varied and dynamic, requiring academic, administrative, & technical tasks. Duties include: Preparing samples for isotope analysis, ensuring […]

British Columbia’s wildlife model reform

As applied conservation scientists, we often work on regional issues. But we also try reach other scientists and policy makers more globally.  To this end, we recently wrote about the opportunity for British Columbia to reform its wildlife management approach.  The letter appeared in the journal Science.  You can read it here.

Broadening and Enriching the Conservation Conversation

As a graduate student, and perhaps particularly as a Ph.D. student, I am frequently reminded of the value of narrowing my focus. The advice is fitting; in the field of Applied Conservation Science, our scholarship is necessarily concentrated. Our diverse ecosystems, and the myriad ways humans understand and interact with them, are so complex as […]

To Cover Ground

The mantra of this field season for the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Cultural Feature Inventory team is to cover ground. We have spent the last 5 weeks conducting cultural feature surveys throughout Kitasoo/Xai’xais Territory, tacking on the kilometers each day. Our all-star crew is made up of Vernon Brown (project co-lead), Stephen Neasloss, Santana Edgar, Chantal Pronteau, Sarein […]

Thinking Big with Open Access data

Studying a wide-ranging and highly-mobile mammal like the grizzly bear means thinking big. To address questions that are relevant for individual bears or populations over space and time, our research group has to seek out comprehensive datasets that span thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of square kilometres and often over many decades. These data […]

Coastal Carnivores of the Great Bear Rainforest

Standing in silence, eyes glued to the creek, we wait. Marven Robinson, a Coastal Guardian Watchman, Ecotour Operator, Knowledge Holder and member of the Gitga’at Nation Bear Monitoring Project with Raincoast and UVic in Gitga’at Territory, lets out an impressive howl. We listen for a response, but, nothing. Perhaps the nearby landslide, one of many […]