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Isabelle Schmelzer
Senior Wildlife Biologist, Terrestrial
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Environment and Conservation)

(Biography) My primary research interests lie in the terrestrial ecology of boreal and subarctic environments, and caribou ecology and conservation. I have undertaken research in this area in Labrador for the past 15 years. In recent years I have conducted research using remotely sensed imagery and spatial analyses/statistical modelling to assess caribou habitat and evaluate wildlife response to industrial development. Other current projects include estimation of lichen biomass and carrying capacity of winter ranges for Woodland caribou in Labrador and Newfoundland, kill rates and wolf ecology for resident packs in sedentary caribou ranges in Labrador, a 'cross-walk' and field validation of land cover classifications in Labrador, and an evaluation of the effect of monitoring regimes and sub-population structure on characterization of parameters such as herd and home range. I hold a degree in Natural resources management and a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the university of Guelph, Ontario. My research is based in Northeastern Canada and I have been actively involved in caribou recovery efforts both Provincially and Nationally.


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Dynamique des populations et relations prédateur-proie chez le caribou migrateur de la péninsule Québec-Labrador dans le contexte des changements climatiques et anthropiques

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