Grizzly bears: ecosystem engineers
Grizzly bears (Ursus arctos) as ecosystem engineers through biopedturbation
South Canadian Rockies, Canada
Principle Investigator
Status: Active, Study began in 2014, currently in progress.

Scott Nielsen and Karen Graham (FRI) are quantifying the extent and intensity of biopedturbation behaviours by grizzly bears in alpine environments of the southern Canadian Rockies and assessing how these actions may regulate local ecosystem processes, community structure and species composition/diversity. Understanding these interactions will help us understand the role of grizzly bears in these communities and the consequences of their loss.