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The Wolf Ate My Homework

From the time I was a kid, there’s a few standard excuses of why the homework didn’t get done. An old familiar is that the dog ate it. I...

393 Km and countless thoughts

Hiking… trying not to fall off any cliffs that were washed out from last year. From May 1 to now, I have hiked 393 kilometers (55 of...

The things I do for my PhD…

A little tired, but the sun is shining and the hiking is sweet! It’s literally half way through my field season. I’ve got two and half...

What is “low human use”

My PhD research separates hiking trails into 3 categories of human use: low (less than 100 people per month), medium (101-1449 people per...

Sharing the bear-ness

If I’m really developing something brand new through my PhD and defining some aspect of bear biology and management the world has never...

A Bear-y Busy Spring

A little 3 year old female grizzly on the Icefields Parkway at the end of a great day in the field. This spring I’ve seen more bears in...

The first big reveal of 2014

Well with a title like that, I better reveal something big. So the big news of 2014 so far: It’s stopped snowing (for now at least). The...

And so it begins…

The field season is here! The field season is here! Yippeee!!!!! And all the biologists rejoiced. And Mother Nature said: “HA! I hope you...

Talking the talk

As a bear biologist, I walk the walk as often as I can. I get out into the woods. I walk the bear trails and look for sign of them,...

Bringing it into Focus

One of the great things about research is that it never feels done. Data is gathered and analysed and each analysis raises a whole new...

The Brainstorm

Data Analysis Hell It’s where grad student go to cry – data analysis. Just saying it out loud makes me cringe. One of the things that...

Alberta Grizzlies and the SSRP

In my past life, I worked as the Senior Conservation Planner for the Southern Alberta chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness...

The First Chapter

I have officially created the first draft of the first complete chapter of my PhD thesis. That feels good… no GREAT! There is still...

My Unique Contribution

The Confirmation Document A PhD involves doing your own research project, from the defining of objectives to data analysis and creating...

The electronic grizzly bear

Maybe one of my favourite parts is just trying to figure out the best place to put a camera to get as much wildlife action as possible....

Yellowstone and Banff

The open plateaus of Yellowstone make wildlife viewing completely different. Here we are watching wolves about 1.5Km away through...

5 days, 75Km, 22 remote cameras

My hard working volunteers hiking out on the last day. Heading in to the backcountry for 5 days takes some planning and organization....

Bear-ly Scared

One of the things I love about bears is witnessing how smart they are. Bears are capable of making decisions by weighing stimulus and...