fRI Research, Hinton, Alberta
Supervisors Dr. Laura Finnegan & Terry Larsen, M.Sc.
Currently, I am working with fRI Research to model central mountain caribou and grizzly bear response to pine stands and mountain pine-beetle red-attack in the Rocky Mountains and foothills region of western Alberta.
Mountain pine-beetle infestation is wide-spread in this region and results in hundreds of acres of "red" attack stage which ultimately leads to pine trees losing their needles and deadfall. Little research has been conducted to understand how species at-risk such as caribou and grizzly bears are impacted by this natural disturbance.
I am using 20 years of caribou telemetry data with GIS layers for pine and MPB attack to model habitat selection at the population scale for early and late winter.
During the winter, I'm helping with deer capture and collaring, and mortality site visits. Check out this blog post about my career as a predator crime scene investigator!
Preliminary results were presented at the 2019 ACTWS conference in Canmore, Alberta.