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Karine Pigeon

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fRI Research
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Wildlife Biologist
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About

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.

Program & Project Involvement

Caribou Program
Program

Caribou Program

The fRI Research Caribou Program carries out applied research, in partnership with industry and the Government of Alberta, to help maintain caribou herds in Alberta into the future.

Grizzly Bear Program
Program

Grizzly Bear Program

The fRI Research Grizzly Bear Program provides knowledge and planning tools to ensure the long-term conservation of grizzly bears in Alberta.

Analysis and restoration of seismic cutlines in Southern Mountain and Boreal caribou range in west-central Alberta
Project

Analysis and restoration of seismic cutlines in Southern Mountain and Boreal caribou range in west-central Alberta

Starting in 2013, this project is looking at how caribou and wolf behaviour is related to cutlines.

Assessing disease prevalence and caribou health in west-central and north-western Alberta
Project

Assessing disease prevalence and caribou health in west-central and north-western Alberta

Collecting baseline health data for Alberta caribou herds.

Can forestry and silviculture practices help increase caribou functional habitat in west-central Alberta?
Project

Can forestry and silviculture practices help increase caribou functional habitat in west-central Alberta?

This project will evaluate and mitigate industrial impacts on west-central Alberta Caribou herds.

Identifying High Residency Habitat and Functional Movement Paths for Caribou in West-Central Alberta
Project

Identifying High Residency Habitat and Functional Movement Paths for Caribou in West-Central Alberta

Locating habitat and prioritizing restoration in west-central Alberta.

Caribou Conservation through Better Cutblock Design
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Caribou Conservation through Better Cutblock Design

Beginning in 2018, this project will investigate how cutblock design can be less favourable for deer, moose, and elk.

Targeting alternate prey to understand caribou and moose habitat management choices in a regenerating landscape: Increasing functional habitat for caribou in west-central ranges
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Targeting alternate prey to understand caribou and moose habitat management choices in a regenerating landscape: Increasing functional habitat for caribou in west-central ranges

This project examines how moose respond to different re-vegetation trajectories after disturbance. A re-vegetation prescription that moose avoid may be less of a problem for caribou.

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