Cam McClelland is working on Q 3A.3 of Theme 3A and grew up just outside of small town Hinton, Alberta. Having spent most of his young life exploring the backcountry of the Wilmore Wilderness Park on horse back he knew he wanted to pursue a career in wildlife research and conservation. After completing his BSc in Environmental Earth Sciences at the University of Alberta he was able to realize this goal with the fRI Research Grizzly Bear Program. Cam spent four summers and a one year internship with the program working on projects ranging from population dynamics to predation. When not working with the fRI Cam split his time between travelling and ski bumming.
Wishing to expand his knowledge base, Cam will be assessing how the phenology of important vegetative bear foods influences space-time patterns of movement and survival of grizzly bears at fine spatial and temporal scales.
Abbey Wilson is a post-doctoral fellow with the Toxicology Centre at the University of Saskatchewan working on Q 3B.1. Prior to graduate school, Abbey completed a B.S. in biology at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, assisted for both large and small animal veterinarians, and completed an internship with the Memphis Zoo Conservation and Research Department. Abbey recently completed her Ph.D. at Mississippi State University, with research focused on identifying pheromone candidates in giant panda urine, secretions, and the environment that are related to sexual receptivity and using these pheromones in applied conservation of captive and wild populations. Abbey aims to continue implementing non-invasive techniques in the areas of analytical chemistry, behavior bioassays, and endocrine monitoring to increase the reproductive success and health of wild and captive populations. Abbey’s work with the Grizzly-PAW project aims to develop a novel proteomics technique to quantify the expression of proteins in skin that are associated with energetics, reproduction, immune function, and physiological stress in order to evaluate if changing landscape conditions affect the health of grizzly bears.