• Brian Kopach has worked with MSES for 8 years as an environmental consultant, specializing in species distribution and quantitative ecology. Brian completed his doctorate degree in Ecology at the University of Calgary where he examined the ecological and evolutionary consequences of species interactions among alpine plants. Brian has gone on to lead
  • Images: Brenda Johnson October 2020 The Northern Lights (aurora borealis) are dazzling light shows that occur when particles from the Sun interact with the magnetic field surrounding Earth. The Northern Lights seen above, were captured near Sexsmith, Alberta (approximately 55° N latitude).  Read More
  • Logan Boyer has worked with MSES for over 2 years, assisting in research and report development. He graduated from the University of Calgary in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, concentrating in the Biological Sciences What initially interested you about the field of ecology, or got you into it? When
  • Ruffed Grouse “Seeing the secretive Ruffed Grouse can be quite difficult—although it can be easy to hear them when they are drumming” – The Cornell Lab. Over 80% of the North American ruffed grouse population live in Canada. They live in a variety of habitats but prefer early-successional forests to
  • photo by Joel Andersen { August 20, 2020, Boom Lake, Alberta } Western Toad; Anaxyrus boreas Western toads live in a variety of habitats from aquatic to upland habitats.  The Western toad is listed as special concern through COSEWIC and is on Schedule 1 of Canada’s Species at Risk Act.
  • Shannon Gavin is a wildlife ecologist specializing in Conservation Biology and Behavioural Ecology with MSES since 2006.  Her interests include large mammal ecology, amphibian ecology, road ecology and science communication. After working as a zoo keeper for several years, she earned her Master’s degree in Conservation Ecology from the University

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