Wildlife are exposed to more pollution than previously thought

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“Sometimes, pollution is blatantly obvious: the iridescent slick of an oil spill, goopy algae washing up on a beach or black smoke belching from a smokestack. But, more often than not, pollution is more inconspicuous.”

Read Dr. Diane Orihel’s latest article published in The Conversation.



Liber Ero articles in Canadian Geographic

One of the most important aspects of the Liber Ero Fellowship is communicating beyond the ivory tower. It’s critical that scientists learn to ditch the jargon and embrace talking, writing, and sharing why science matters for people and the planet.

We’re glad to partner with Canadian Geographic magazine through an online column to share stories about conservation science.  Established in 1930, Canadian Geographic describes itself as “a Canadian magazine that is unapologetic about celebrating Canada”. In each column, a different current or former Liber Ero Fellow writes about where, how, and why they and their mentors work on conservation research. It’s a place for us to describe and celebrate the places, species, research methods, and partnerships that we work on — and explain how our scientific results will help make a difference for species and ecosystems across Canada.


Using community science to conserve reptiles and amphibians
In highly populated areas where wildlife habitat is fragmented, citizens can play an important role in protecting species.
By James Paterson, May 2020



sjb copyProtecting Canada’s hidden “meadows of the sea”
Collaborative research is uncovering the secrets of coastal
seagrass beds to help keep them healthy.

By Sarah Joy Bittick, October 2019


DH copyWhy we spilled oil for science
As the federal government considers the fate of proposed pipelines, a unique science experiment aims to understand the consequences of an oil spill in a freshwater lake.  
By Diane Orihel, June 2019


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New technology is helping researchers understand how birds time their migrations when the seasons send mixed signals
By Kevin Fraser, February 2019


AThe endangered species hiding in plain sight
Hundreds of Canada’s species at risk are plants, and most of them live where we do.
By Jenny McCune, January 2019


AHow cattle ranching can help preserve species at risk in Canada’s grasslands
Agriculture can play an important role in protecting and restoring critical habitat on the Prairies.
By Jeremy Pittman, July 2018


AThe truth about bees
To save the bees, we first need to understand them—and recognize their value independent of their role as pollinators.
By Sheila Colla, May 2018


AHow citizen scientists are helping to protect migratory birds
Conserving at-risk species is difficult when they’re constantly crossing international borders, but digital tools are making it easier than ever to track feathered globetrotters.
By Richard Schuster, April 2018


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How the drama of climate change is playing out on a small island in Hudson Bay.
By Cody Dey, February 2018


AWhat spiders can teach us about ecology
The spider’s web is the perfect metaphor for the interconnections between species, people and place.
By Jean Polfus, January 2018


tiger_shark copyGet to know Canada’s shark species
Meet some of the incredible toothy predators swimming off our shores.
By David Shiffman, October 2017


This post will be updated as new columns are written.

Federal Arctic Policy Needs to Include Science, Indigenous Knowledge and Protect Biodiversity


Canada’s new Arctic Policy Framework is a huge opportunity to strengthen Arctic communities – but it will require the best available scientific and Indigenous knowledge. Above: The remains of a bowhead whale, a species traditionally harvested by Inuit, stand watch over Hudson Strait.

The following letter was submitted on February 27th, 2018 to the Arctic Policy Framework Review, spearheaded by the Ministry of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.

Download the letter here.

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