Ecosystem-based management, predator-prey systems, salmon ecology, socio-ecological systems, community engagement, Indigenous governance; in British Columbia’s coastal temperate rainforests and central interior.
EDUCATION AND APPOINTMENTS
2019-present. Postdoctoral Fellow, Conservation Decisions Lab, University of British Columbia.
2012-19. PhD in Geography, University of Victoria, BC & the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Supervisor: Dr. Chris Darimont. Thesis title: Cultural and ecological relationships among consumers, food, and landscapes; implications for stewarding bear-human-salmon systems.
2005-10. BSc (Honours, Co-op, with Distinction) in Biology, University of Victoria, BC. Supervisor: Dr. John Volpe. Thesis title: Factors mediating coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) distribution and abundance in freshwater systems in the Broughton Archipelago, B.C.
PUBLICATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS
Refereed Journal Articles
Service, C., Bourbonnais, M., Adams, M., Henson, L., Neasloss, D., Picard, C., Paquet, P., Darimont, C. In review. Spatial patterns and rarity of the white-phased ‘Spirit Bear’ allele reveals gaps in habitat protection.
Adams, M., Bourbonnais, M., Service, C., Artelle, K., Bryan, H., Paquet, P., Levi, T., Nelson, T., Darimont, C. Submitted. Human footprint in salmon-bearing watersheds unravels predator-prey interactions between grizzly bears and salmon.
Artelle, K.A., Bourbonnais, M., Reynolds, J.D., Paquet, P.C., Adams, M., Bryan, H.M., Field, K.A., Service, C.N., Darimont, C.T. In preparation. Using culturally important focal species to inform conservation: Spatial capture-recapture analyses of grizzly bears in the Great Bear Rainforest reveals gaps in a globally-acclaimed protected areas strategy.
Henson, L., Balkenhol, N., Gustas, R., Adams, M., Walkus, J., Housty, W., Stronen, A., Reece, D., vonHoldt, B., Koop, B., Darimont, C. In review. Convergent geographic patterns between grizzly bear population genetic structure and Indigenous language groups in coastal British Columbia.
Levi, T., Hilderbrand, G. V., Hocking, M. D., White, K. S., Adams, M. S., Armstrong, J. B., Crupi, A. P., Darimont, C. T., Deacy, W., Gilbert, S. L., Quinn, T. P., Ripple, W. J., Shakeri, Y., Wheat, R. E., and Wilmers, C. C. Submitted. Interaction ecology and conservation of bear-salmon ecosystems.
Service., C., Adams, M., Bateman, A., Artelle, K., Reimchen, T., Paquet, P., and Darimont, C. 2018. Salmonid species diversity predicts salmon consumption by terrestrial wildlife. Journal of Animal Ecology. 2018;00: 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.12932. Open Access PDF.
Adams, M., Service, C., Bateman, A., Bourbonnais, M., Artelle, K., Nelson, T., Paquet, P., Levi, T., and Darimont, C. 2017. Intrapopulation diversity in isotopic niche over landscapes: Spatial patterns inform conservation of bear-salmon systems. Ecosphere 8(6):e01843. 10.1002/ecs2.1843. Open Access Link or PDF
Service, C.N., M.S. Adams , K.A. Artelle , P.C. Paquet, . L.V. Grant and C.T. Darimont. 2014. Indigenous knowledge and science unite to reveal spatial and temporal dimensions of distributional shift in wildlife of conservation concern. PLOS ONE 9(7): e101595. Open Access Link or PDF
Adams, M., J. Carpenter, J.A. Housty, D. Neasloss, Paul C. Paquet, C.N. Service, J. Walkus, and C.T. Darimont. 2014. Towards increased engagement between academic and indigenous community partners in ecological research. Ecology & Society 19 (3): 5. Open Access Link or PDF
Edited Book Chapters
Adams, M., Service, C., Walkus, J., Carpenter, J., Housty, J., Neasloss, D., Paquet, P., and Darimont, C. 2015. De-centering the university from community-based research: a framework for engagement between academic and indigenous collaborators in natural resource and conservation research, in: Gros-Louis McHugh, N., Gentelet, K., Basile, S. (Eds.), Toolbox on the Research Principles in an Aboriginal Context: Ethics, Respect, Equity, Reciprocity, Collaboration and Culture. First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission, Centre de recherche en droit public, Université du Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, pp. 7–17.
PhD: Adams, M. 2019. Cultural and ecological relationships among consumers, food, and landscapes; implications for stewarding bear-human-salmon systems. Department of Geography, University of Victoria.
BSc Honours: Adams, M. 2009. Factors mediating coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) distribution and abundance in freshwater systems in the Broughton Archipelago, B.C. Department of Biology, University of Victoria.
Select Technical Reports
Adams, M. 2015. Nicknaqueet Hydropower Project; Grizzly bear impact assessment. Prepared for: The Wuikinuxv Nation and the Barkley Project Group. 22 pp.
Adams, M., Rogers, S., Mackay, A., and C. T. Darimont. 2013-2017. Wuikinuxv Bear Project Annual Research Summary. Prepared annually for: The Wuikinuxv Nation Stewardship Office.
Adams, M. and Rogers, S. 2013. Loose Lake Coho Tributary Restoration Project: The Assessment. Prepared for: Mainland Enhancement of Salmonid Species Society.
Gill et al. 2011. Eradication Phases 1 & 2 of non-native rats from Bischof and Arichika Islands. Prepared by: Coastal Conservation, for: Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, Skidegate BC. 100 pp.
Adams, M. 2010. The Dual Mandate: Department of Fisheries’ management of wild salmon and finfish aquaculture in British Columbia since 1982. Raincoast Research Society, Sointula BC. 35 pp. Official submission by RRS to the Federal Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the decline of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River.
Adams, M., Vagelatos, N., and Whiteside, S. 2009. Spring/summer salmonid species and habitat quality assessments in freshwater systems of the Broughton Archipelago, BC. Prepared for: Mainland Enhancement of Salmonid Species Society.
HONOURS AND FUNDING
2017-18 Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science
2015-19 Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship
2012-15 NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship
2013 W. R. Derrick Sewell Stewardship Scholarship
2012 UVic Geography Entrance Scholarship
2010 Global Greengrants Fund, Fisheries Fund
2009 NSERC Undergraduate Science Research Award
2008 UVic Coop Service Learning Internship Program
2005 University of Victoria Entrance Scholarship
2005 Alexander Rutherford Scholarship for Academic Excellence
PRESENTATIONS – presenting author only
2017 Ecological Society of America, Portland, OR.
2016 Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution, St. John’s, NL.
2014 North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Missoula, MT.
2014 Western Division of Canadian Association of Geographers, Victoria, BC.
2013-14 Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference, Bamfield, BC.
2013 Geography Graduate Symposium. Victoria, BC.
2013 Environmental Studies and Geography Conference, Victoria, BC.
Invited Seminars and Lectures
2017 GEOG 209, University of Victoria.
2017 GEOG 304, University of Victoria.
2016 ES 423, University of Victoria.
2015 MRNE BIOL 437, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.
2015 GEOG 456, Hakai Institute and University of Victoria.
2014 Ecology@UVic seminar series, University of Victoria.
2014 GIS Open-Mic, Geography Department, University of Victoria.
2014 GEOG 453, Hakai Beach Institute.
2013 GEOG 453, Hakai Beach Institute.
2013 GEOG 353, University of Victoria.
2019 Salmon and Bears of Coastal BC. Roads Scholar & Routes Adventure Tour.
2018 One Shot for Coastal Carnivores. Raincoast event at the Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria, BC.
2018 Floating Ideas Lecture Series, Centre for the Salish Sea. Co-presented with Jennifer Walkus. Sidney, BC.
2017 Panel discussion for film screening Reaching Blue regarding storytelling and science, Robert Bateman Centre, Victoria BC.
2017 Bears and salmon in our back yards, Grade 1, Georgia Park Elementary School. Campbell River, BC.
2016 Spying on the neighbours: riverbank run-ins with wildlife. Storytelling evening at the Royal BC Museum, Victoria BC.
2016 Intersecting the scientific and artistic process, Senior Art Classes, Strathcona Tweedsmuir School. Okotoks, AB.
2016 A career in biology and conservation, Grade 9 Science, Red Deer Lake School. Calgary, AB.
2014 Nature Talks: Coastal Connections, Conservation Speaker series. Nature Conservancy of Canada, Victoria BC.
2013-2019 Weekly lectures during May & June with the Wuikinuxv Nation elementary school and community, in the field, classroom, and community hall.
2013-2016 Guest speaker series & staff wildlife briefing, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, BC.
Project lead biologist | Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Central Coast BC
2012-2019: Project lead investigating relationships of salmon abundance and bear population dynamics in Wuikinuxv Nation territory, on the Central Coast of BC. We live and work for two months each year in Wuikinuxv village, working with the Wuikinuxv Guardian Watchmen.
Scientist-in-residence & guide | Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Central Coast BC
2014-2016: Boat operator and wilderness and wildlife guide; provide expertise on development of wildlife programs and community engagement for the resort.
Research assistant | Raincoast & Ecology and Evolution Lab, UVic, Quatsino Sound BC
2011-2012: Field technician for doctoral project of Raincoast biologist Caroline Fox, investigating marine-terrestrial nutrient linkages for Pacific herring, ranging from seabird observation to monitoring carnivores to sampling for intertidal fatty acid and stable isotope analysis.
Research assistant | Raincoast Research Society, Broughton Archipelago BC
2010-2012: Developed benthic sampling programs to study impact of salmon farms. Built community networks for salmon disease sampling. Prepared legal submission for federal Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the decline of Fraser River sockeye salmon.
Field technician | Coastal Conservation & Gwaii Haanas Ntl Park, Haida Gwaii BC
2011: Field and GIS/data management technician for invasive rat eradication project, an Ancient murrelet colony habitat restoration effort in a remote, protected archipelago.
Field technician | Salmon Coast Field Station, Broughton Archipelago BC
2011: Long-term monitoring project of Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Salmon Coast investigating interactions between zooplankton, wild salmon, and salmon farms.
Principle investigator | Mainland Enhancement of Salmonid Species Society & University of Victoria, Broughton Archipelago BC
2009: Principle investigator (honours thesis) of coho distribution in 50 watersheds, investigating ecological drivers and impacts of population enhancement and logging.
Research assistant | Seafood Ecology Research Group, UVic, Broughton Archipelago BC
2008: Responsible for data collection and analysis investigating potential rapid evolution of pink salmon in response to population level impacts of salmon farms along migration routes.
Research assistant | Bulkley Valley Research Centre, Smithers BC
2007: Investigated dynamics of complex forest stands through silviculture techniques, vegetation plots, ecotype classification, and archaeological assessment.
Assistant wildlife biologist & education curriculum coordinator | Kootenay, Yoho, & Banff National Parks, AB & BC
2007: Monitored bighorn sheep and lynx populations. Worked with regional school districts to build relationships and develop education programs to meet curriculum delivered by Parks staff.
Guide and environmental educator | Rocky Mountain YMCA, Canmore AB
2005-2008: Backcountry guide for hiking, paddling, and horsepacking in the Alberta Rockies. Provided daily environmental programming in addition to backcountry travel.
UVic Geography Graduate Executive Committee
2014-16: Committee acts on behalf of graduate students with the department and faculty.
UVic Geography Weekly Speaker Series Committee
2014-16: Booked a broad range speakers (from hydrologists to anarchists to ecologists) for the weekly department colloquium
Ecology@UVic Discussion Group, Geography representative
2013-14: Booked seminar contributors for Ecology@UVic, which spans Biology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Forestry and Earth & Ocean Sciences at UVic.
Conservation Biology, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, Oecologia, Polar Biology (articles), Raincoast Conservation Foundation (articles, reports), Sea to Cedar Initiative (reports, grants), Wuikinuxv Nation (reports, grants)
Conservation Week, University of Victoria & Sierra Club of BC
2016: Led organizing committee to host a week of public lectures and workshops focused on future directions of conservation biology and connectivity, featuring Michael Soulé, Harvey Locke.
Hakai Research Gathering, University of Victoria
2014: Organizing committee for gathering of 200+ Hakai researchers and partners (Indigenous, provincial government) to come together to share research findings.
Conference Volunteer – Western Division of Canadian Association of Geographers (2014), Pacific Ecology & Evolution Conference (2013,’14), UVic Geography Graduate Symposium (2013), UVic Environmental Studies and Geography Conference (2013)
Co-founder, board member | Sea to Cedar Initiative
2013-present: Sea to Cedar is focused on conservation initiatives in the southern Great Bear Rainforest and the Klinaklini Valley (which connects the coast to the central interior). Working with Nimmo Bay Resort and Musgmagw Dzawada’enuwx Nations, we are growing carnivore monitoring, salmon genetics, and youth leadership programs in the region.
Biologist & core team member | Raincoast Conservation Foundation
2012-present: In addition to my academic research, I volunteer with science programming at a Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv Nation youth re-discovery camps. I advise Raincoast staff on community engagement. I volunteer and speak at public events that aim to inspire public audiences about our research, conservation campaigns, and informed advocacy.
Scientific advisory board | Co-existing with Carnivores Alliance
2014-present: Represent Raincoast in a science advisory capacity and work with conservation practitioners and educators to implement community youth carnivore monitoring programs.
Scientific advisory board | Spirit Bear Research Foundation
2014-present: Collaboration between the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation and conservation scientists to address locally-relevant conservation concerns in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Informal advisor | Wuikinuxv Nation and Central Coastal First Nations Bear Group
2012-present: Bear project duties in the territories we work in often extend into advising on fisheries, terrestrial habitat impacts, the research process, or funder networking.
Organizer | The “Get Out Migration” & Alexandra Morton’s wild salmon programs
2010-2012: During my work with Raincoast Research Society, community organizing for public events to build the public conversation around the ecological impacts of salmon farms, including a 30-day, 500km walk/campaign (the “Get Out Migration”).
– below are authored by me. See here for media coverage and articles about the work of my colleagues and mine.
2019 “Bears, salmon, and people” – Raincoast Conservation Foundation blog.
2018 “Camping in Wuikinuxv Territory” – ACS lab blog.
2017 “Year-round collaborations find us in a frosty Great Bear Rainforest” – ACS lab blog.
2016 Interviews for Trophy. Film for Lush Cosemetics Ethical Campaigns.
2016 “Wild neighbours: Sharing your community with wildlife” – CV Collective Magazine, Vol. 7.
2015 “Acknowledging Inequalities in Conservation Science” – ACS lab blog.
2014 “Doing Science That Matters: Engaging with Communities in Collaborative Scientific Research” – The Equation Blog, Union of Concerned Scientists. Cross posted on blogs for the Hakai Institute, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
2014 “Exploring Wildlife in Wuikinuxv” – Land Lines Blog, Nature Conservancy of Canada.
2013 “Where the bears are: an update on the Wuikinuxv grizzly project” – Land Lines Blog, Nature Conservancy of Canada.
2009 “Spawning Trouble: the political ecology of farmed salmon” – feature article for The Martlet, UVic’s independent student newspaper.
Megan Adams, Postdoctoral Fellow
Conservation Decisions Lab, UBC
megan.s.adams (at) gmail.com