Grizzly bears: recovery monitoring using DNA
Detecting trends in population and occupancy using multiple DNA sources for recovery of grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) in Alberta
Alberta & British Columbia
Graduate Student
M.Sc. (Conservation Biology) (2012-2013)
Status: Completed, Study ran 2012-2013, completed successfully.

Sarah is exploring the applicability of using standard hair-snag DNA sampling with supplemental information collected from other sources of DNA, including scat and rub trees, as most effective techniques to monitor grizzly bear population trends. The DNA will also be used to assess the effectiveness of management policies surrounding road development thresholds that are being considered by the Alberta government. This research is part of the Foothills Research Institute's Grizzly Bear Project and supported by the Alberta Conservation Association.