Larisa completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria, and also spent time in South Africa volunteering with Wildlife ACT. After working briefly on our fisher project, she has started her own MSc thesis on habitat issues involving local herds of Bighorn Sheep. She will be using a large number of ewes outfitted with satellite collars to documentr habitat use at times of the year important to lambing and reproductive success. She then will be determining the attributes of those sites and how they may or may not be contributing to recruitment in the population.
Larisa’s work has a large number of partners, including The Wild Sheep Society of BC, the BC Ministry of Water, Air and Land Protection, Tkʼemlúps te Secwépemc and Skeetchestn. The field portion of her work takes place within Secwépemc’ulcw, the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc people. You can reach Larisa at lmurdochl23 [at] mytru.ca