Coast Forest Region Research Section - Wildlife habitat ecology


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The Wildlife Habitat Ecology program undertakes research and provides consultative advice on wildlife species-habitat relationships within forested coastal ecosystems. Extension is a key program component.

Work focuses on understanding wildlife responses to forest practices and associated changes in available habitat and habitat structure, species and communities at risk, wildlife use of riparian ecosystems, and the effectiveness of biological conservation strategies. Two regional research wildlife habitat ecologists work collaboratively within MoFR as well as with other government agencies, universities, and the forest industry to provide a scientific basis for wildlife habitat management in coastal forested ecosystems. Legislation most specifically addressed through the program include: Forest and Range Practices Act (replacing BC Forest Practices Code), Land Act, and Species at Risk Act.

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Staff

Melissa Todd, M.Sc., R.P.Bio Research Wildlife Habitat Ecologist Tel:(250) 751-3132
Melissa.Todd@gov.bc.ca
Research and consultation on wildlife habitat ecology issues. Areas of interest include wildlife functional responses to forest practices, riparian wildlife community and ecosystem integrity, species and communities at risk, habitat inventory and supply modelling, and monitoring the effectiveness of biological conservation strategies. Coast Region team leader for FRPA Resource Effectiveness Evaluation Program (FREP) Wildlife and Biodiversity resource values.
Louise Waterhouse, M.Sc., RPF Research Wildlife Habitat Ecologist Tel:(250) 751-7123
Louise.Waterhouse@gov.bc.ca
Conducts research on wildlife ecology issues. Provides consultative advice on wildlife habitat and ecology issues. MOF representative on Marbled Murrelet Recovery Team, the Spotted Owl Recovery Team and the Pacific Water Shrew Recovery Team. Current focus is on indicator species of ecosystem health, wildlife use of riparian ecosystems, species at risk (eg. Marbled Murrelet, Spotted Owl and Queen Charlotte Ermine).
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