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Our Research

Our overall research program aims to understand wildlife health in a changing environment. Our focus is primarily on species that are important for subsistence and the economy. We use a combination of lab, experimental, and field work approaches, community-based sampling, and bring together different knowledge systems, including local, traditional, and scientific knowledge, to improve our collective ability to understand and monitor wildlife health and to forecast, detect, and respond to changes in wildlife health. We also aim to develop efficient monitoring tools for understanding wildlife health, including: refining community-based monitoring protocols for maximizing efficiency and uptake for hunters pioneering the use of blood on filter paper for muskoxen and caribou (see articles here, here, and here), using hair for monitoring stress and trace mineral status. Some of our lab protocols are available here.

The DEW-line for caribou and muskox health
Dolphin and Union Caribou Health Assessment Interim results, July 2020
Kitkimeot Traditional Knowledge Studies on Dolphin and Union Caribou, 2003 and 2018-2020 Research Update

Community Update Bulletins

Our research is summarized in plain language form in our regular Research Bulletin Community updates. Specific research projects can be found below and under each post-doctoral fellow or graduate student profiles.

Activity Update March 2017: Muskox and Caribou Health Research
Activity Update September 2018: Muskox Health Research
Activity Update January 2019: Muskox and Caribou Health Monitoring Program
Activity Update August 2019: Muskox and Caribou Health Monitoring Program
Activity Update Winter/Spring 2020: Muskox and Caribou Health Monitoring Program