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Scientific Literature

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


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, lead by scientists at Simon Fraser University and 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: Quantifying marine mammal hotspots in British Columbia, Canada

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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Research: 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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Research: Intrapopulation diversity in isotopic niche over landscapes: Spatial patterns inform conservation of bear–salmon systems

Published on 2017.06.22 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

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

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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

Seagull flies low over the water touch their feet onto the orange sunset surface.

Published on 2016.09.09 | by Raincoast | in 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

Infographic with stylized bear and salmon, explaining that as salmon runs decrease, human-bear conflicts increase.

Published on 2016.05.17 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

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

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Pacific herring and fisheries management in Canada: a new era or history repeated?

A pile of silvery Pacific herring.

Published on 2016.05.09 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

A letter by Raincoast researchers published in Ocean & Coastal Management documents the controversy around the commercial ‘roe herring’ fishery.

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Research: Fear of large carnivores causes a trophic cascade

A pair of raccoons in the dark sit in a tree.

Published on 2016.03.02 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

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

Several Pacific white-sided dolphins burst from the water in a pod

Published on 2016.01.06 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

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

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The human super predator revealed

Montage of infographics on the human superpredator.

Published on 2015.08.20 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

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

Wolves splash around in an intertidal zone of the Great Bear Rainforest

Published on 2015.07.14 | by Raincoast | in For the coast, Scientific Literature

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

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