We are excited to have three undergraduate interns working with us this summer; Kristin Hayward (NSERC USRA), Tristan Frappier-Brinton (NSERC USRA) and Alathea Iacovelli (Summer Work Experience Program). Kristin, Tristan and Alathea will be helping us map genomic structure across the Canadian Arctic and to begin to develop the genomics tools we need for our scat-baed monitoring program.
Peter van Coeverden de Groot presented an overview of the BearWatch project at Stellenbosch University, South Africa in March 2018.
MSc student Mélanie Dominique (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique) presented her work (with supervisor Valérie Langlois and collaborator Allison Rutter) showing that scat can serve to detect contaminants at the Congrès Eau Terre Environnement in Québec.
As part of an invited forum for conservation – the Shanghai International Nature Conservation Festival, Steve presented on the importance of conserving large, charismatic megafauna like polar bears, and included a piece of the vision for BearWatch.