Kate Field

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I joined the Applied Conservation Science lab as an NSERC undergraduate directed studies student and lab manager, which had me overseeing daily research operations and lab logistics. In this capacity, I co-led our lab’s contribution to the Nuxalk Bear Study for four field seasons (part of the Central Coast First Nations Bear Working Group).

More recently, my research questions investigate human-wildlife relationships. During my masters degree, I used an animal welfare perspective to examine how wildlife scientists interact with animals they study. Currently as a Ph.D student, I collaborate with Nuxalk Nation and BC Parks to examine foraging and vigilance behaviour of grizzly bears across spatial and temporal gradients of human activity. 

My work is made possible through the support of Raincoast Conservation Fellowship program, NSERC Doctoral Scholarship, BC Parks, the University of Victoria, Department of Geography, and Nuxalk Fisheries and Wildlife.


Caravaggi, A., Amado, T.F., Banfield, J.E., Brook, R.K., Ciuti, S., Darimont, C.T., Drouilly, M., English, H.M., Field, K.A., Iossa, G., Martin, J.E., McElligott, A.G., Mohammadi, A., Nayeri, D., O’Neill, H.M.K., Paquet, P., Périquet, S., Proulx, G., Rabaiotti, D., Recio, M.R., Soulsbury, C.D., Tadich, T.  Submitted. On the need for rigorous ethical and methodological reporting for the live-capture of large carnivores: a response to de Araujo et al. (2020).

Field, K. A., Paquet, P. C., Artelle, K., Proulx, G., Brook, R. K., Darimont, C. T. (2019). Publication reform to safeguard wildlife from researcher harm. PLoS Biol. 18(5): e3000752. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3000752

Artelle, K.A., Bourbonnais, M., Reynolds, J.D., Paquet, P.C., Adams, M.A., Bryan, H.M., Field, K.A., Service, C.N., Darimont, C.T. In preparation. Culturally important focal species: grizzly bear spatial capture-recapture finds Great Bear Rainforest protection gaps