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The Backcountry Social Life

Day one of a solo backpacking weekend in Yoho. Every year I do a solo back packing trip into the back country of our Rocky Mountain...

Putting the wheels in motion

Phew! It’s been an interesting few weeks and I have learned that one thing a PhD needs is flexibility while at the same time being...

Wild Waters and Wildlife

This past week, my home town, Canmore, flooded. It flooded like it has never flooded before and it was one of the most tragic things I...

Have Boots, Will Hike

At C-Level Cirque – big smiles and a love of wilderness makes the world go ’round. This week, I started breaking in the new boots and...

Volunteer and play in the woods with me!

An example of a high human use trail that I could be sampling – Larch Valley Ok… It’s not all fun and games, but hopefully that title...

Using GPS to learn more about bears

Can’t see the bear for the grass – GPS can help that The past few weeks I’ve been putting my energies in to learning ArcGIS, a computer...

Talking like a scientist

In my old job, part of what I did was take science and translate it into language that got people motivated to demand change. This is a...

Incorporating Visitor Opinion

Visitors are an integral part of the Rocky Mountain National Parks and ensuring a positive visitor experience is a large part of Parks...

Seeing without being seen

Even watching a bear from this distance can change its behaviour. From a scientific perspective, studying grizzly bear behaviour isn’t...

Studying Grizzlies in Australia…?

As I was preparing to leave Canada, most of my friends and family watched on with incredulity – So you’re going to study grizzly bears in...

Bear Management = People Management

Bears have been restricted to mostly mountainous environments, but their shoulder hump actually evolved from a life on the prairies. A...

Bears and Beach

After my hike in to Skoki, I pitched my project idea to my future supervisor and asked if he’d be interested. I think choosing the right...

From mountain musings to a PhD

As I neared Ptarmigan Lake, a Park warden on horseback passed me and warned me of a female grizzly with two cubs near the halfway hut. I...