Reports and articles we published in 2023

2023 was a busy year for our scientists. Here is a list of what we published this year.

Together, members of the Raincoast team have authored hundreds of peer reviewed papers. This year, we published four reports and six peer reviewed articles.

Science publishing

Shukla I, Gaynor KM, Worm B, Darimont CT. The diversity of animals identified as keystone species. Ecology and Evolution. 2023;13(10). doi:10.1002/ece3.10561

MacDuffee M, Barrett-Lennard L, Chhor A, Dennert AM, Ross PS, Scott DC, Vergara V, Walters K. Will Canada permit killer whale extinction? Science. 2023;380(6652):1330. doi:10.1126/science.adi5984

Darimont CT, Cooke R, Bourbonnais ML, Bryan HM, Carlson SM, Estes JA, Galetti M, Levi T, MacLean JL, McKechnie I, et al. Humanity’s diverse predatory niche and its ecological consequences. Communications Biology. 2023;6(1). doi:10.1038/s42003-023-04940-w

Couture F, Oldford G, Christensen V, Barrett-Lennard L, Walters C. Requirements and availability of prey for northeastern pacific southern resident killer whales. PLOS ONE. 2022;17(6). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0270523

Dennert AM, Elle E, Reynolds JD. Experimental addition of marine-derived nutrients affects wildflower traits in a coastal meta-ecosystem. Royal Society Open Science. 2023;10(1). doi:10.1098/rsos.221008

Aubin JA, Mikus M, Michaud R, Mennill D, Vergara V. Fly with care: belugas show evasive responses to low altitude drone flights. Marine Mammal Science. 2023;39(3):718-739. doi:10.1111/mms.12997


This is an excerpt from our annual report, Tracking Raincoast into 2024.

Tracking Raincoast into 2024, annual report, cover and inside pages.

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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 build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

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Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.