Mirjam Barrueto, PhD Candidate, Effects Of Human Activities And Natural Processes On Wolverine Reproduction And Connectivity


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, analyzing the crossing data, and working on the winter wolverine surveys. In September 2017, she joined Prof. Marco Musiani’s group at the University of Calgary, AB as a PhD student, to study female wolverines and their interactions with human activities.

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.

Andrea Kortello, Project lead South Columbia Mountains Wolverine Project

Andrea obtained her M.Sc. in Wildlife Resources from University of Idaho in 2005, studying wolf and cougar interactions in Banff. After more than a decade of tracking large carnivores and a myriad of other species around the Rocky Mountains, she followed her sweetheart to Nelson, B.C. Now she uses the stamina, logistics and planning skills honed on climbing, paddling and skiing expeditions to do housework and wrangle two young children. She initiated the Kootenay Wolverine Project with Doris Hausleitner in 2012 and has been pursuing the elusive wolverine ever since.

Doris Hausleitner, Project lead South Columbia Mountains Wolverine Project

Doris met Andrea, a fellow Canadian, while doing her M.Sc. in Wildlife Resources at the University of Idaho. Following graduation, she moved into population ecology studies specializing on rare and endangered wildlife in southern British Columbia. A Yukoner by birth, she moved with her family to Nelson where the gardening season is somewhat easier and longer! In addition to a thriving consulting business, she teaches applied ecology and restoration at Selkirk College. She is thrilled to be in a partnership with Andrea, who is almost as tenacious as the wolverine.

Anne Forshner, Parks Canada. Project Partner with Effects Of Human Activities And Natural Processes On Wolverine Reproduction And Connectivity

Anne makes things happen.

Dirk DeBie, Helicopter Pilot & Project Partner with Effects Of Human Activities And Natural Processes On Wolverine Reproduction And Connectivity

Dirk and his company Whitetooth Helicopters take us places.

Leo Levesque, Field Technician Effects Of Human Activities And Natural Processes On Wolverine Reproduction And Connectivity

Leo grew up on the East Coast in an active family, and with a mother who had an obsession for the outdoors. He was skiing by the time he could walk, which is ultimately what brought him to British Columbia in 2011. Once in the mountains, he gained a passion for rock climbing and exploring backcountry areas around the province. Leo attended Selkirk College’s Recreation, Fish and Wildlife program with the hopes of starting an interesting career in environmental sciences.

Heather Slivinski, Field Technician Effects Of Human Activities And Natural Processes On Wolverine Reproduction And Connectivity

Heather is originally from the flatlands of Winnipeg, but has been living in the west for the last 20 years enjoying the hills. In her free time she love to have adventures in the mountains on foot or ski. An Ecologist by trade, but Geographer by heart, she has a particular affinity for long trips in seldom traveled places and large piles of maps. She typically works studying vegetation, wetlands and soils, but enjoys chasing wolverines when opportunity arises.

Prof. Marco Musiani, Principal Investigator Effects Of Human Activities And Natural Processes On Wolverine Reproduction And Connectivity

Marco is a professor at the University of Calgary in the Dept. of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science. He also has a Joint Appointment with the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Calgary, and is Faculty Affiliate with the University of Montana, U.S. His lab has a strong focus on landscape ecology, molecular ecology, and wildlife conservation. They demonstrated how highly vagile organisms such as caribou, elk and wolves are ideal study species to recognize Evolutionarily Significant Units, which should also become management and conservation units. As the effects of topographic barriers on reproductive isolation are limited in these species, other influences on differentiation can be studied, including a suite of traits that may be of adaptive value. With some students he also focused on human dimensions in wildlife management issues. With other students again, he studied wildlife movements and their reaction to people using multi-agent models.

Dr. Tony Clevenger, Road Ecologist, Godfather of most projects on this website.


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.

Michele Hueber, Field Technician

Michele grew up in the Italian Alps, and has loved being outside in the mountain since he was a child. He moved to Canada in 2015 and has fallen in love for Canadian wildlife since then. This project allows him to grow his knowledge about wildlife and a new landscape.

Past Team Members

Troy Malish, Field technician


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


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.