The world is facing a twin climate and biodiversity crisis, and it is particularly acute in northern regions. As Canada Research Chair in Northern Wildlife Biology, Dr. Frances Stewart is searching for wildlife conservation strategies.
Stewart and her research team are combining field studies and ecological forecasting tools to address the biodiversity crisis. They are trying to understand the ecological processes that govern biodiversity patterns to support decision-making about adaptable natural resource use. They are focusing their research on terrestrial wildlife as a link between northern biodiversity and the well-being of human communities. Ultimately, they hope to establish a mammal monitoring network for Canada’s boreal region, and to use it-along with collaborators’ data-to prioritize effective wildlife conservation strategies that incorporate land use and climate change projections.