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Scientific Literature

All of Raincoast’s published scientific papers, abstracts, and conference proceedings.


Research: online hunting forums identify achievement as prominent among multiple satisfactions

Achievement is the kind of satisfaction that is most prominent for hunters.

Published on 2017.08.30 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

Researchers from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the University of Victoria have shed new light on what satisfies hunters. Reporting in the peer-reviewed journal Wildlife Society Bulletin, they found that the dominant satisfaction expressed in online hunting stories is achievement…

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Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy: an assessment of conservation progress in British Columbia

Figures from a research paper an assessing conservation progress in British Columbia

Published on 2017.08.24 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

This paper, co-authored by two Raincoast biologists, finds that Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy has failed to improve the conservation of Pacific salmon since its adoption in 2005…

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Research paper maps density patterns and hotspots of BC marine mammals

An assortment of figures from the paper, Quantifying marine mammal hotspots in British Columbia, Canada

Published on 2017.07.28 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

Building on Raincoast’s five years spent surveying marine mammals on the BC coast, a new approach to linking environmental conditions with marine mammal densities has identified hotspots of marine mammal biodiversity…

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Oil Spills and marine mammals: development and application of a risk-based conceptual framework

Whales eating close to the shore on the North Coast of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Published on 2017.07.24 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

Using BC as a case study, this paper develops a framework for examining risk to oil spills faced by marine mammals. We found that in BC, killer whales (residents and transients), sea otters, and Steller sea lions face the greatest risk of population level consequences, but that many BC marine mammals are at elevated risk…

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New dietary study reveals salmon hotspots for grizzly and black bears across 700,000 square kilometres

A bear in Mussel Inlet.

Published on 2017.06.22 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

This study represents a decade of work covering an area reaching 1000km into BC and provides resource managers – Indigenous and Western alike – with dietary information from hundreds of bears across thousands of square kilometres, shedding light on the ecological interconnections of ecology in the expansive bear-salmon-human system…

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Coastal bird populations and Big Oil

Published on 2017.05.12 | by Raincoast | in Marine Mammals & Birds

Times Colonist: Raincoast studies helped put nails in the coffin of the Northern Gateway pipeline. Excerpt for the book “At sea with the marine birds of the Raincoast by Dr. Caroline Fox…

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Hunting for status: men trophy hunt as a signal they can absorb the costs

3 trophy hunters kneel behind a dead grizzly.

Published on 2017.03.28 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

Just days before the controversial trophy hunt of grizzly bears resumes in BC on April 01, science offers new insight into the human super predator…

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

Published on 2016.09.09 | by Raincoast | in Marine Mammals & Birds, Publications, Scientific Literature

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

Published on 2016.05.17 | by Raincoast | in Grizzly Bears, Publications, Salmon

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

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