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Studying the Elusive Wolverine, a Threatened Species in Northern Ontario

Matthew Scrafford is the Wolverine Conservation Scientist within Ontario’s Northern Boreal Landscape program at WCS Canada. Matthew works with government, indigenous groups, and trappers to advance the understanding and conservation of wolverine in Ontario. Matthew has experience with the U.S. Forest Service as an ecological research assistant in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem on projects ranging from vegetation surveys, to beaver, grizzly bear, moose, wolverine, and snowshoe hare research. He received his MSc at Montana State University studying the ecology of reintroduced beavers north of Yellowstone National Park. After completing his MSc, he worked for Environmental Defense Fund on the effects of climate change on wildlife, the restoration of meadow wetlandsin the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and the restoration of wetlands within the Mississippi River delta. Matthew received his PhD from the University of Alberta with a research focus on the habitat selection, movement, foraging behaviour, and density of wolverines in industrialized habitats in the northern boreal forest of Alberta. This research required working closely with Indigenous groups, trappers, and NGOs. During his PhD, Matthew received two fellowships, a W. Garfield Weston Foundation Fellowship from WCS Canada and an NSERC CREATE-EI.

 

Read Matthew's article in Nature Northwest here

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