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Published Scientific Literature

Raincoast is a team of scientists and conservationists that undertake primary research and publishes peer-reviewed science to inform our conservation objectives. As an evidence-based, conservation science organisation (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 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.

Recent Papers

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Marine birds and chronic oil pollution on Canada’s Pacific coast

Chronic oil pollution is a serious issue in BC. More oil enters the global marine environment from low-level human activities than catastrophic oil spills. Evidence also suggests that these chronic level spills collectively kill more birds than catastrophic spills…

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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…

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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…

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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

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The human super predator revealed

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

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Poisoning Canada’s wolves with strychnine is unacceptable: journal comment

Raincoast scientists publish a comment in the Cambridge journal ‘Environmental Conservation’: the use of strychnine to poison wolves is unacceptable.

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Maintaining Ethical Standards during Conservation Crises

Raincoast scientists publish response to paper advocating Alberta’s wolf cull in the name of caribou recovery. It addresses the ethics and science of the approach and methods that were published in Canadian Journal of Zoology, November 2015…

Publication Summary

List of Raincoast’s peer-reviewed journal publications produced by our wolf, wild salmon, grizzly and marine programs to 2014

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Hunted wolves are under stress

Journal Paper: Heavily hunted wolves have higher stress and reproductive steroids than wolves with lower hunting pressure…

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Indigenous knowledge and science unite to reveal distributional shift in wildlife

Study by Raincoast and partners discusses the movement of grizzlies from BC’s mainland onto coastal islands in the journal PLOS ONE…

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Population genetic structure of gray wolves in a marine archipelago…

Researchers find differences between BC’s coastal and mainland wolves. Published in BMC Ecology

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Time-delayed subsidies: Interspecies population effects in salmon

New study from SFU and Raincoast shows the benefits from higher numbers of spawning pink and chum salmon on coho…