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.
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.