Kristin van Katwyk
2011 - present, M.Sc. University of Alberta, Department of Biological Sciences
2006 - 2010, B.Sc. Concordia University College of Alberta, Department of Biology
An empirical validation of abundance and density estimators using a censused wild population.
Knowledge of population size is often required for monitoring rare species, forming harvest quotas, and evaluating management strategies. A complete enumeration of a population for these purposes is rarely possible and has motivated the development of user-friendly abundance estimation programs. Despite being widely available for thirty-five years these programs have seldom been validated beyond computer simulation and enclosure studies. My research will provide an empirical validation of abundance and density estimates using a complete census of a wild North American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
) population in the Yukon Territory. The Kluane Red Squirrel Project
(KRSP) has followed a red squirrel population since the late 1980's and this thorough understanding of the population is integral to ground truthing commonly implemented survey methods.
Hiking with photography, coffee with analysis, and beer with friends.