Being raised by backcountry enthusiast, Karine developed a keen interest in the conservation of wildlife and wild places. She obtained a college diploma in “Recreation, Fish, and Wildlife” from Selkirk College, BC, completed a BSc in Environmental Science at the University of Lethbridge, AB, and enrolled as a Biology MSc student at l’Université Laval, QC in 2008. In 2015, Karine completed her PhD in Biology through l’Université Laval, a joint effort with the fRI Research Grizzly Bear Program. Her PhD focused on the behavioural plasticity of grizzly bears in the context of climate change. Karine began work as a summer research technician for the fRI Research Grizzly Bear Program in 2005. Throughout her graduate research, she continued to work for fRI Research, either conducting field work, helping with staff training, or running analyses and writing reports for either the Grizzly Bear or Caribou programs. Now that she has graduated, Karine hopes to keep playing an active role in conservation efforts for both grizzly bears and caribou in the region. When she is not working, you can find Karine skiing up and down mountains, swinging ice axes on frozen waterfalls, or climbing up steep rock.