Conservation through education and citizen science

Team

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Who we are:

Dr. Tony Clevenger
Project leader

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Tony is a senior wildlife scientist at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University and specializes in applied conservation biology. Since 2010, he has focused on non-invasive landscape-scale wolverine surveys in the Canadian Rockies. He has over 20 years of research experience directing long-term research assessing the impacts of highways on wide-ranging carnivore movements. His road ecology collaborations have extensive global coverage, with colleagues and research collaborations spanning Canada, the United States, Europe, and Latin America. He has published over 60 articles from his research in international peer-reviewed journals. Tony lives in the quiet hamlet of Harvie Heights, Alberta, on the edge of Banff National Park.


Mirjam Barrueto
Research associate

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Originally from Zürich, Switzerland, Mirjam has a MSc in Zoology from the University of British Columbia, studying ecological mechanisms leading to a large morphological change in a small fish. She joined Tony’s Banff project in 2011. Here, she has been monitoring the wildlife crossing structures along the TransCanada highway, analysing the crossing data, and working on the winter wolverine surveys. Mirjam loves complex datasets and spends summers at the computer, developing statistical models, researching the newest analysis methods, and planning for the winter field seasons.  During her free time, she climbs rock and ice and mountains and goes for long trail runs, both here in the Rockies and around the world.


Troy Malish
Field technician

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Troy has spent 25 years living in the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains in the heart of the Crown of the Continent. Changing careers, he now contributes his knowledge of these mountains and his backcountry skills to a number of conservation projects. Over the past three years, he has spent his springs, summers, and falls working on grizzly bear monitoring projects in southwestern Alberta and southeastern BC, and his winters working on the wolverine survey. His free time is spent outside, exploring his favourite valleys, ridges, and mountains on foot, bicycle, and skis.


Laura Smit
Field technician

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Born and raised on Canada’s East Coast, Laura attended St. Francis Xavier University where she studied the invasive European green crab and earned a BSc in Biology and Aquatic Resources. In 2012, after planning and implementing a variety of urban stream restoration projects in Nova Scotia, Laura moved west to take the Recreation, Fish and Wildlife program at Selkirk College. She quickly fell in love with the Kootenays and has spent the past year working on grizzly bear inventories in BC’s Southern Interior. Laura now calls Nelson home and when she’s not at work you can find her riding her bike, rock climbing, or playing her bagpipes with the Kootenay Kilties.