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SDG 15: Life on Land

Pre-incident planning key to estimating bird deaths caused by oil spills

Pre-incident planning key to estimating bird deaths caused by oil spills

Aquatic birds are the most visibly affected organisms in an oil spill and a key measure of the environmental damage caused by them, such as the large spill off the coast of Peru last month. But accurately estimating how many birds have been affected requires pre-incident planning, says new research. With almost 900,000 tonnes of oil released into aquatic environments annually, pre-incident planning is critical to collecting pre-spill data

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Climate, conflict, and co-existence: Identifying the drivers of human-polar bear interaction in Southern Hudson Bay

Climate, conflict, and co-existence: Identifying the drivers of human-polar bear interaction in Southern Hudson Bay

The primary goal of this research is to reduce the risk of human-polar bear conflict. This will both reduce the risk of injury to people and reduce the number of polar bears killed in defense of life or property. Secondarily, the proposed research will contribute to broader management and conservation efforts in the region; identify

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Drivers and consequences of individual specialization in an Arctic marine top predator

Drivers and consequences of individual specialization in an Arctic marine top predator

Principal Investigator: Gregory Thiemann Funding: NSERC Discovery Grant. Term: 2021-2026. The proposed research involves testing hypotheses around the environmental drivers and ecological consequences of individual specialization, using the polar bear (Ursus maritimus) as a model species and target for conservation. As a long­-lived top predator in a dynamic habitat, polar bears demonstrate several characteristics that

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Characterizing the denning habitat and movements of polar bears in Southern Hudson Bay

Characterizing the denning habitat and movements of polar bears in Southern Hudson Bay

The research aims to inform and advance Government Response Statement (GRS) actions, as well as provide new insights into the ecology of polar bears in Ontario. The overarching goal is to better understand the influence of climate change on the ecology and biology of polar bears in Southern Hudson Bay. Funding:  Species at Risk Research

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Canadian Polar Bear Body Condition

Canadian Polar Bear Body Condition

Environment Canada (EC) The project monitored trends in the nutritional condition of polar bears in the Canadian Arctic and examined the relationships between body condition and ongoing environmental change. Researcher: PI: Greg Thiemann Project Theme: Resource Management

Community-Based Monitoring of Ice-Breeding Seals and Polar Bear Feeding in the Gulf of Boothia

Community-Based Monitoring of Ice-Breeding Seals and Polar Bear Feeding in the Gulf of Boothia

The study investigated the health and ecology of seal populations in the Gulf of Boothia and collected information on seals to allow monitoring of the foraging habits of polar bears. A collaborative partnership with the community of Kugaaruk was done to carry out a community-based monitoring program to collect biological information and samples from seals

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