Collaborative Research Team Project #16
Addressing Spatial and Computational Issues in Integrated Analysis of Modern Ecological Data
This project explores improvements to wildlife population monitoring through the integrated analysis of ecological data.
Research Category: Ecology & Environment
Why Study Wildlife Population Monitoring?
Human disturbances and climate change are impacting Canadian wildlife populations. Monitoring these populations using various data sources is a good way to understand how ecological systems are responding.
As new technologies increase the volume and variety of data that can be collected, scientists are combining new methods with more traditional wildlife data collection. This combined data can be used to ensure that mitigation efforts are successful, and inform policy for conservation management.
Areas of Exploration
Integrated Data Sources
Includes integrating new and traditional methods wildlife data collection, to increase the volume and variety of data that can be collected.
Multiple Monitoring Methods
Includes evaluating the benefits of combined data sources, and providing guidelines on resource allocation for future studies with multiple monitoring methods.
Policy in Practice
Includes helping conservation management groups across Canada make data-driven decisions in managing threatened wildlife populations.
Solving Global Challenges
Research Team’s Goal
To improve wildlife population monitoring to better understand how ecological systems are responding to human disturbance and climate change. To better ensure that mitigation efforts are successful.
People Behind the Project
Laura Cowen | University of Victoria
Simon Bonner | Western University
Saman Muthukumarana | University of Manitoba
Brad Anholt | University of Victoria
Chris Bone | University of Victoria
Audrey Beliveau | University of Waterloo
Thierry Duschene | Université Laval
Louis-Paul Rivest | Université Laval
Kevin Fraser | University of Manitoba
Darren Gillis | University of Manitoba
Carl Schwarz | Simon Fraser University
Olivier Gimenez | Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionelle et Evolutive, France
Eva Enders | Freshwater Institute, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Winnipeg
Doug Watkinson | Freshwater Institute, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Winnipeg
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Addressing Spatial and Computational Issues in Integrated Analysis of Modern Ecological Data is a Collaborative Research Team project. This program tackles complex problems through a three-year research and training agenda.
CANSSI offers approximately $200,000 for this type of project, which requires a team of faculty, postdocs, and students.