Fish and Wildlife Biology
I am studying the predator-prey dynamics of large mammals in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, with particular attention to a threatened ungulate, woodland caribou. Recent anthropogenic landscape change has been linked to woodland caribou population declines, with proposed mechanisms including an alteration of the predator-prey dynamics of the greater community. Specifically, human forestry and energy industries are hypothesized to have increased both the numerical response (density) and functional response (kill rates) of a key predator, wolves. I am testing how human footprint has affected recent patterns of wolf predation risk, caribou resource selection, and ultimately caribou survival and population viability.