Unprecedented growth in outdoor recreation in the Sea to Sky region has increased concerns over human-wildlife conflicts and impacts to wildlife. While we expect human-wildlife interactions are increasing as recreational use increases, we know very little about the number of recreational users or the species and abundance of wildlife on or near trails in the Sea to Sky region. In this talk, Dr. Kim Dawe will share how existing knowledge from elsewhere, and remote camera sampling in our region, can help us understand what’s happening, so we can manage risks to both humans and wildlife.
Due to the popularity of this subject, this Quest Lecture will take place at Maury Young Arts Centre! As always, the lecture will be free to attend, but space is limited. Doors will open at 6:30 for a 7 p.m. start, and we recommend arriving early!
Thanks to the Resort Municipality of Whistler for their generous support of this event.
About the Speaker
Kim is especially interested in understanding the combined effects of climate change and land use on wildlife species, how those effects lead to changes across ecosystems, and how humans manage and conserve wildlife populations under conditions of uncertainty and change.
While two graduate degrees taught her a deeper understanding of ecological processes, she also gained a clearer picture of how human activity interacts with wildlife on the landscape during three years of environmental consulting. This real world perspective solidified her desire to bring about positive change, and altered her view on how that might happen.
At Quest, she helps her students explore the biodiversity of British Columbia. Her toolbox contains skills with geographic information systems, the R statistical package, population genetics, landscape ecology, spatial modelling, and field survey techniques for large and small mammals and their habitat. She is just as enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge with her students as she is in learning from their insights.
In her free time, Kim can be found climbing the amazing rocks around Squamish as well as hiking, biking, skiing, scrambling, or otherwise enjoying the wonderful outdoors.