Bicycle Field Notes 8: USA–Mexico Border, Running the Badlands on a Bicycle

Are you on a long distance bicycle tour and at the point where you’re wondering what it might be like to ride your bike across the border from the U.S.A into Mexico? If you are (yes this post is more … Read More

Bicycle Field Notes 6: My Journey Home, Canada & USA (Part 1)

Even though I have a crappy sense of direction, I’ve always managed to find my way home. There was a time when I never set out to explore without a compass and map. Ideally, I’d have a mitt full of … Read More

Bicycle Field Notes 4: La Buena Vida

Here’s a sneak peek (48 hours or so) into our lives and my mind as we roll through part of southern Texas. Still to come are summary posts for each of the 12 Canadian provinces and 15 American states that … Read More

Driving to Baja (Part 2): Ecosystem Connected & Species Lost & Found

I have to admit that driving to the Baja Californias in Mexico was a grand way to set the tone for a sea kayaking adventure, despite my initial reservations expressed in the first post of this series. We covered a … Read More

Electric Fences Make Good Neighbours—for People and Bears

For Halloween, some of my neighbours entertain spooky creatures and they have tombstones and cobwebs in their yards. Me? I’m an outlier; at this time of year, I go for something shocking—yet practical—in our yard. Each year, I put up … Read More

Policy Sciences Process for Problem Solving: An Aha Moment

While talking to a young scientist, keen to continue building her career specializing in carnivore conservation, I was reminded that today is an exciting day for a bunch of professionals that I know who are interested in solving complex and … Read More

Compost and Bears: Black Gold and Gold Diggers

For people and bears, and the environment that sustains us, it pays to consider and weigh options for composting. One of the greatest rewards of spending decades immersed in my career as a wildlife ecologist has been perspective. With each … Read More

Recreation and Bears: Human–Bear Management

Over course of a career and thousands of kilometres, I’ve reveled in plenty of fresh air and rigorous exercise doing risk assessments of human–bear interactions for Parks Canada, B.C. Parks, and U.S. Parks. The fieldwork formed the basis of recommendations … Read More

Climate Change: IPCC Working Group II Reports

Today, the International Panel on Climate Change Working Group II  (IPCC Working Group II) released their draft report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (copy edit pending). By the time I woke up, a chorus of bells for climate change … Read More

Carnivore Conservation: Evolving Perspectives

Carnivore conservation is complex and challenging, to say the least. Sometimes, it’s outright contentious. Among the most valuable lessons I have learned, is that people and their perspectives matter—a lot. For me, applying this knowledge, in practice, is a work … Read More

Time for an Introduction…

I’ll introduce myself by telling you a bit about how my career as a wildlife ecologist found me, where it took me, and how I would like to take what I have learned to work with others in my community. … Read More