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Shelley Alexander has conducted field-based and GIS analysis of large carnivore ecology and studied human-wildlife conflict in the Canadian Rockies since 1990.
Shelley specialized in wolves and coyotes, beginning her career as a field technician for the Banff Wolf Project. She also worked as an animal handler for the Dalhousie University’s Animal Research Station, Nova Scotia, where she hand-reared coyote pups, studied wolf pack behavior, and examined the effectiveness of non-lethal deterrents to reduce coyote depredation of sheep. Her doctoral research addressed road fragmentation effects on 13 mammal species in Banff and Kananaskis Country, Alberta. Using extensive snow tracking, GIS and Remote Sensing (RS) she examined habitat relationships, species co-occurrence, the barrier effect of traffic volume, and identified optimal sites for placing wildlife crossing structures on the Trans-Canada Highway. Since 2001, she has worked as a faculty member for the Department of Geography and the Master’s of GIS Program, University of Calgary. In 2005, Shelley launched The Calgary Coyote Project, studying regional urban and rural coyote ecology and human-coyote conflicts across Canada, and she spearheaded the web-based education and on-line mapping system, Living with Coyotes. The Foothills Coyote Initiative now encompases Calgary and the foothills parkland natural region surrounding the city, and seeks to understand human-coyote relationships throughout this area. She leads the UofC Canid Conservation Science Lab, and has been a Principal Investigator and/or Collaborator on several other projects since 2001, including: The Raincoast Wolf Project, the Swift Fox Critical Habitat Project, and the Calakmul Road Effects Project in Yucatan, MX. Her newest research collaboration has taken her to Zimbabwe, where she is employing GIS in the conservation of the endangered Painted Dog (Lycaon pictus).