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Published Scientific Literature

Raincoast is a team of scientists and conservationists that undertakes primary research and publishes peer-reviewed science to inform our conservation objectives.  As an evidence based, conservation science organization (science ENGO), that operates a research lab, research field station and a research/sailing vessel, we are unique in Canada.

Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups.  We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government scientists and other NGOs to gather information and build support for decisions that protect marine and terrestrial ecosystems, their components and processes. We conduct applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for the conservation debate and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

Publication Summary to 2014

Our 2012 PLoS paper uses grizzlies to assess harvest impacts of sockeye fisheries. It’s an example of how ecosystem objectives can be considered in salmon management.

Popular topics

Wild Salmon 


Grizzly Bears 

Marine Mammals 

Animal Welfare 

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Recent Papers

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The ecology of conflict

New study from Raincoast and partners finds that when salmon abundance is low, human conflict with bears increases…


Fear of large carnivores causes a trophic cascade

Raincoast PhD candidate, Justin Suraci and colleagues publish study from BC’s Gulf Islands on the role of fear in maintaining healthy ecosystems…


Updated marine mammal distribution and abundance estimates for British Columbia

Distribution and abundance estimates from five years (7 seasons) of marine mammal survey in BC’s coastal waters


The human super predator revealed

A study by Raincoast scientists just released in the journal Science identifies humans as the planet’s super predator…