Kyle Artelle

I work with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and am transitioning from a PhD co-supervised by Dr. John Reynolds of the Earth2Ocean group at Simon Fraser University and Dr. Chris Darimont at the University of Victoria, to a post-doctoral fellowship. I am a Hakai Scholar with the Tula Foundation, a Vanier Scholar, and a Wilburforce Fellow. Much of my work occurs in collaboration with the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management DepartmentQqs Projects SocietySpirit Bear Research Foundation, and the Central Coast Bear Working Group (see Raincoast Heiltsuk Territory Project Background and 2013, and Please consider visiting these links to see what my colleagues are up to, or follow the #WFellows hashtag on twitter for a stream of wisdom from inspiring scientists across North America.

My research to date has focused on the role of science in wildlife management and conservation. For example, I’ve looked at the risks imbued by current approaches to trophy hunt management of grizzly bears in British Columbia (Artelle et al 2013, Confronting uncertainty in wildlife management: performance of grizzly bear management in British Columbia, Canada; Artelle et al 2014, When Science-Based Management Isn’t) and the association between food availability (wild salmon abundance) and grizzly bear-human conflict prevalence (Artelle et al 2016, Ecology of conflict: marine food supply affects human-wildlife interactions on land). Ongoing work includes inquiry into the supposed scientific basis of hunt agencies that ascribe to the “North American Model of Wildlife Conservation” across Canada and the US, and assessing the adequacy of protected areas in the Great Bear Rainforest, as informed by grizzly and black bear monitoring in collaboration with Raincoast and the Heiltsuk, Wuikinuxv, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Nuxalk, and Gitga’at First Nations.

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Artelle, K.A., Reynolds, J.D., Treves, A., Walsh, J.C., Paquet, P.C., Darimont, C.T. In review. Hallmarks of science missing from North American wildlife management

Darimont, C.T., Paquet, P.C., Treves, A., Artelle, K.A., Chapron, G. In review. “Political populations” of wildlife

Artelle, K.A., Stephenson, J., Bragg, C., Housty, W.G., Housty, J.A., Turner, N.J. In revision. Values-Led Management: The central role of values and worldviews in shaping environmental management of the past, present, and future

Treves, A., Artelle, K.A. , Darimont, C.T., Lynn, W.S, Paquet, P.C., Santiago-vila, F.J., Shaw, R., Wood, M.C. In review. Intergenerational Equity and the Future of the Atmosphere and Biodiversity

Service, C.N., M.S. Adams, A.W. Bateman, K.A. Artelle, T.E. Reimchen, P.C. Paquet, and C.T. Darimont. In review. Species diversity predicts salmon consumption by terrestrial wildlife.

Adams, MS, CN Service, A Bateman, M Bourbonnais, KA Artelle, TA Nelson, PC Paquet, T Levi, & CT Darimont. 2017. Intrapopulation diversity in isotopic niche over landscapes: Spatial patterns inform conservation of bear-salmon systems. Ecosphere. Open Access Web Link

Treves, A., K.A. Artelle, C.T. Darimont, and D. Parsons. 2017. Mismeasured mortality: correcting estimates of wolf poaching in the United States. Journal of Mammalogy. Open Access Web Link

Artelle, K.A., S.C. Anderson, J.D. Reynolds, A.B. Cooper, P.C. Paquet, and C.T. Darimont. 2016. Ecology of conflict: marine food supply affects human-wildlife interactions on land. Scientific Reports. Open Access Web Link

Popescu, V.D., K.A. Artelle*,, M.I. Pop, S. Manolache, and L. Rozylowicz. 2016. Assessing biological realism of wildlife population estimates in data-poor systems. Journal of Applied Ecology. *Authors contributed equally. Open Access Web Link

Darimont, C.T., K.A. Artelle, H.B. Bryan, M. MacDuffee, and P.C. Paquet. 2015. Brown Bears, Salmon, People: Traveling Upstream to a Sustainable Future. In Bear Necessities: Rescue, Rehabilitation, Sanctuary, and Advocacy (L. Kemmerer, Ed). Publisher Site

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. Open Access Web link

Artelle, K.A. , J.D. Reynolds, P.C. Paquet, and C.T. Darimont. 2014. When Science-Based Management Isn’t.  Science 343: 1311 PDF

Artelle, K.A., S.C. Anderson , A.B. Cooper, P.C. Paquet, J.D. Reynolds, and C.T. Darimont. 2013. Confronting uncertainty in wildlife management: performance of grizzly bear management in British Columbia, Canada. PLOS ONE 8(11):e78041 Open Access Web link

Artelle, K.A., L.K. Dumoulin, and T.E. Reimchen. 2011. Behavioural responses of dogs to asymmetrical tail wagging of a robotic dog replica. Laterality 16(2): 129-135 PDF