I am an ecologist focused on salmon-subsidized systems in coastal British Columbia. I am passionate about the intersection of human governance systems and ecological systems, pursuing research that is applied and community driven. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Conservation Decisions Lab at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Tara Martin and team, as well as the Salmon Projects Coordinator for the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance. I work remotely from home, on unceded Pentlatch, K’ómoks, and Coast Salish territories.
I completed my doctorate with Dr. Chris Darimont and team at the Applied Conservation Science Lab as a Hakai-Raincoast scholar at the University of Victoria and with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, where I researched spatial and temporal patterns of predator-prey bear-salmon systems and their implications for shared resources with human communities. I did this work in close collaboration with the Wuikinuxv Nation, where we focused on how people and bears could share a common resource – salmon.
I am grateful for the funding, mentorship, and support of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Hakai Institute, Wuikinuxv Nation, Wilburforce Foundation and their Fellowship in Conservation Science, Grizzly Bear Foundation, NSERC IPS program and Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship program, Environment and Climate Change Canada, as well as the leaders, collaborators, and friends from coastal communities I work with.
I am proud to be a co-founder and member of the Sea to Cedar Initiative. Sea to Cedar supports community-driven programs for healthy coastal ecosystems and communities.
Megan Adams, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Conservation Decisions Lab, UBC
megan.s.adams (at) gmail.com