Easton Smith ‘13

Resource Management Technician, Parks Canada

Easton’s Question: To what extent can technology improve the human condition?

Keystone Title: Huckleberry Monitoring: A Tool to Inform Human-Bear Conflict Management in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks

Abstract: Exploring the relationship between bear activity, huckleberry production, and human-bear conflict, Mindy’s Keystone presents the results of a huckleberry monitoring field study in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks. Huckleberry production was measured according to elevation, biomass, and disease rate data, producing a complex picture of the abundance of this important black bear and grizzly bear food source. Based on this data, this paper recommends that huckleberry production should be monitored in order to identify correlations with bear activity and human-bear conflicts, and that abiotic variables should be measured and correlations identified with huckleberry production data to determine cost-effective and accurate methods of bear behaviour predictions.

What Concentration Courses did you take?

Physics I, II & III (Physical Sciences)
International Sustainable Development and Security (Interdisciplinary)
Life in the Universe (Interdisciplinary)
Media and Politics (Social Sciences)
Contemporary Political Ideologies (Social Sciences)
Economics and the Environment (Social Sciences)
Astronomy (Physical Sciences)
Logic and Meta-logic (Interdisciplinary)
Sauder Business Boot-camp (Experiential Learning)
The Spirit of Calculus (Mathematics)
The Practice of Calculus (Mathematics)
Experiments in Physical Sciences (Physical Sciences)

What were some of the things you did outside the classroom?
Internship at Quantum Technology

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