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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.
Oil Spills and marine mammals, development and application of a risk-based conceptual framework
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…
New dietary study reveals salmon hotspots for grizzly and black bears across 700,000 square kilometres
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…
Coastal bird populations and Big Oil
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…
Hunting for Status: Men trophy hunt as a signal they can absorb the costs
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
List of Raincoast’s peer-reviewed journal publications produced by our wolf, wild salmon, grizzly and marine programs to 2014