Key to conserving caribou herds in Alberta is understanding the relative risks of factors such as different predators, disease, stress from anthropogenic disturbance, lack of high quality habitat, and other environmental hazards.
This project uses GPS from collared caribou to track locations of caribou mortalities. We visit those sites in hours or days of the mortality event to collect samples and determine the causes of death.
This project will gather data on the disease and parasites carried by moose, deer, and elk to determine the risk of transmission to caribou.
This project looks at the impact of grizzly bears on caribou populations in west-central Alberta, and to also develop new techniques to measure and monitor bear predation levels on caribou populations.