Shorf defends his thesis on elephant conservation.

We’re pleased to report that Shorf  Chowdhury successfully defended his thesis on “The human dimension of Asian elephant conservation in Bangladesh” on July 24th.  Thanks to Dr. Cormack Gates for acting as external examiner.   Shorf is now back home in Bangladesh resuming his work with the national Forest Service, and trying to keep up momentum with elephant conservation.  Congrats, Shorf.


Two new papers drawn from undergraduate research….

Congrats to Jill and Jared for getting their undergraduate capstone project on snake diets published in The Northwest Naturalist  (2016, 97(3): 181-189).     Jill and Val also saw an undergraduate summer project appear in print, this one focusing on the diet of the highly-invasive eastern grey squirrel (Canadian Field-Naturalist 2016, 130(3):202-206).   Jill is currently working on her MSc in Pat Gregory’s lab at the University of Victoria, while Jared is here in our lab at TRU.  Val is completing her undergraduate degree in natural resources at TRU.  Congratulations to these three for the large amount of effort they put into getting their work into press – a great learning process.

Shorf presents in Minneapolis, Jared & Stephanie present in Louisiana

Conferences 2016This summer (2016), our lab travelled to the shores of the mighty Mississippi:  Shorf presented a poster on his elephant conservation work at the 96th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  About a week later, Stephanie and Jared both gave oral papers on their work at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists in New Orleans, Louisiana.  I also chipped in presentations at both conferences, including a co-authored paper with Jessica.