2018 Kitasoo/Xai’xais biocultural survey crew including Vern Brown, Santana Edgar, Stephen Neasloss, Sarein Basi-Primeau, Chantal Pronteau, Rosie Child, Sam Harrison, Mitch Robinson, Johnny May and Andra Forney

Field dreams

Above image: 2018 Kitasoo/Xai’xais biocultural survey crew including Vern Brown, Santana Edgar, Stephen Neasloss, Sarein Basi-Primeau, Chantal Pronteau, Rosie Child, Sam Harrison, Mitch Robinson, Johnny May, Christina Service, and Andra Forney Maybe it’s the short days and cold weather, but I am missing the field season. Especially all of the people we are fortunate to work […]

Microwell with capsules of bear hair

From field to lab – preparing 2018 bear hair for stable isotope analysis

Above image: The prepared samples (tin capsules filled with ~3mm of hair) ready to be sent for analysis. Each sample represents hair from an individual bear. It’s that time of year again. The bear hair samples collected during the 2018 grizzly and black bear monitoring season with our Coast First Nation partners have safely made […]

Looking down up Koeye River watershed

Converging Knowledges to Inform and Empower Conservation

This past summer, I had the opportunity to travel aboard the Raincoast vessel Achiever with several other members of the ACS lab to participate in Koeye camp, a cultural revitalization and education program operated by the Heiltsuk First Nation’s QQS Projects Society. We were there to engage with the youth campers about the research conducted […]

Conservation Outreach and Action for Wildlife in the Nadeea Tenure

As members of the Applied Conservation Science Lab we wear many hats. We are trained in ecology, community-engagement, statistics, science communication, outreach, bear safety, education, boat operation, and first aid. For the past few months we have also been event planners, speakers, and emcees in service of Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s campaign to buy out the […]

Remote camera image of grizzly bear walking

Tracking individual bears through time

In 2018 the ACS Lab was awarded a 2-year NSERC Collaborative Research and Development grant to support our work developing automated facial recognition for brown bears. Our aim is for this technology to be used to improve non-invasive monitoring techniques for bears and other large mammals. Part of this work involves a lengthy amount of […]

Learning to communicate science effectively — training with COMPASS

This past week ACS lab members Bryant DeRoy, Kate Field, and I had the privilege of attending a science communication workshop hosted by COMPASS, an NGO dedicated to training scientists to effectively translate their work to policy makers, media, and the public. COMPASS formed in response to a very real need; even ten short years […]

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) […]