I work with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and am co-supervised by Dr. John Reynolds of the Earth2Ocean group at Simon Fraser University and Dr. Chris Darimont at the University of Victoria. I am a Hakai Scholar with the Tula Foundation, a Vanier Scholar, and a Wilburforce Fellow. Much of my work occurs in collaboration with the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department, Qqs Projects Society, Spirit Bear Research Foundation, and the Central Coast Bear Working Group (see Raincoast Heiltsuk Territory Project Background and 2013 Updates, www.bearsforever.ca, and coastalfirstnations.ca). Please consider visiting the links above to see what my colleagues are up to, or follow the #WFellows hashtag on twitter for a stream of wisdom from inspiring scientists across North America.
My colleagues and I investigate the conservation implications for species whose resource and habitat requirements overlap with those of humans. We study British Columbia’s populations of black and grizzly bears to explore various concerns related to this overlap, including the effects of food availability on bear diet, population dynamics, and bear-human conflict, and risks posed by trophy hunt management. The scale of these investigations ranges from provincial (using government datasets) to the Central Coast, where we partner with the Heiltsuk, Wuikinuxv, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, and Nuxalk First Nations to conduct non-invasive field monitoring of grizzly and black (including spirit bear) populations across an area of >22,000 km2.
In addition to quantitative inquiry, my colleagues and I also investigate natural resource management in general, assessing the rigour of current grizzly bear management in British Columbia, the inclusion of scientific principles in wildlife management across North America, and the role of values in environmental management.