Bridging Applied and Theoretical Ecology

 

I am a PhD Candidate, Vanier Scholar, and Weston Fellow at the University of Alberta working with Drs. Stan Boutin and Scott Nielsen.


I work at the interface of population ecology, carnivore co-existence and wildlife management. My goal is to provide rigorous and insightful work that informs wildlife management, theoretical population ecology and maximizes conservation gains for wildlife and wild places.


 

 

Ecological Gradients


Tracking ecological interactions across anthropogenic and productivity gradients to illuminate the complex dynamics of wildlife populations.


 

 

I take a population and behavioural ecology approach and ask questions such as:

Which bottom-up and top-down forces limit population density?

How do vital rates interact to produce observed population density?

How do we maximize conservation gains for wildlife populations?

What can be done to mitigate human-caused impacts on wildlife?

 

 


I use non-invasive DNA sampling to glean ecological insights that can scale from alleles to ecosystems. I track individuals with Iridium GPS collars to understand fine-scale connectivity and demography at a population-level.


 

Publications

Updated: December 6, 2018

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Published

[13] Proctor M.F., Kasworm W.F., Servheen, C., Teisberg, J., Radant, T.G., Lamb, C.T., Kendall, C.K., Mace, R.D., Paetkau, D., Boyce, M.S. 2018. American Black Bear Population Fragmentation Detected with Pedigrees in the Trans-border Canada-United States Region. Ursus.

[12] McLellan B.M., Mowat, G., Lamb, C.T., 2018. Estimating Unrecorded Human-Caused Mortalities of Grizzly Bears in the Flathead Valley, British Columbia. PeerJ. PDF

[11] Peers, M.J.L., Majchrzak. Y.N., Neilson, N., Lamb, C.T., Hämäläinen, A., Haines, J.A., Garland, L., Doran-Myers, D., Broadley, K. Boutin, S. In Press. Quantifying fear effects on prey demography in nature.  Ecology. PDF

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[10] Lamb, C.T., Gilbert, S., Ford. A.T. 2018. Tweet success? Alternative metrics of scientific impact in ecology and conservationPeerJ6:e4564. PDF

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[9] Lamb, C.T., Festa-Bianchet, M., Boyce, M.S. (2018). Invest long term in Canada’s wildernessScience. 359(6379) pp. 1002. PDF

[8] Lamb, C.T., Mowat, G., Reid, A., Smit, L., Proctor, M., McLellan, B.M., Nielsen, S.E., Boutin, S. (2018). The effect of habitat quality and access management on the density of a recovering grizzly bear population. Journal of Applied Ecology. PDF

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CBC

Global

Globe and Mail

National Observer

Canadian Geographic

Conservation Blog

+ 4 TV & 3 radio appearances

[7] Lamb, C.T., G. Mowat, S. Gilbert, B.M. McLellan, S.E. Nielson, S. Boutin, (2017). Density-dependent signaling: An alternative hypothesis on the function of chemical signaling in a non-territorial solitary carnivorePLoS ONE. PDF

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43,000 impressions on Twitter

[6] Hämäläinen, A., Broadley, K., Droghini, A., Haines, J.A., Lamb, C.T., Boutin, S., Gilbert, S. (2017). The ecological significance of secondary seed dispersal by carnivores. Ecosphere. 8 (2): e01685. PDF

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Science Newsline

Edmonton Sun

[5] Lamb, C.T., Mowat, G., McLellan, B.M., Nielsen, S.E., Boutin, S. (2017). Forbidden fruit: Human settlement and abundant fruit create an ecological trap for an apex omnivore. Journal of Animal Ecology. 86(1): 55-65. PDF

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Global

Globe and Mail

Vancouver Observer

+ 6 radio appearances Listen Here

[4] Lamb, C.T., Walsh, D., Mowat, G. (2016). Factors influencing detection success of grizzly bears at genetic sampling sites Ursus. 27(1): 31-44. PDF

[3] Robson, K.M., Lamb, C.T., Russello, M.A. (2016). Low genetic diversity, restricted dispersal and elevation-specific patterns of population decline in American pikas in an atypical environment. Journal of Mammalogy. 97(2): 464-472. PDF

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[2] Lamb, C.T., Robson, K.M., Russello, M.A. (2014). Development and application of a molecular sexing protocol in the climate-change sensitive American pika. Conservation Genetic Resources. 6:17-19. PDF

[1] Lemay, M.A., Henry, P., Lamb, C.T., Robson, K.M., Russello, M.A. (2013) Novel genomic resources for a climate change sensitive mammal: Characterization of the American pika transcriptome. BMC Genomics. 14:311. PDF

Submitted/In Review

Lamb, C.T., Ford, A.T., Royle, A.J., Proctor, M., Boutin, S. In Review. Genetic tagging in the Anthropocene: scaling ecology from alleles to ecosystems

Proctor, M, McLellan B.M, Stenhouse, G.B, Mowat, G., Lamb CT, Boyce, M.S. In Review. Resource roads and grizzly bears in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada

Ford AT, Ali A, Colla A, Cooke S, Lamb CT, Pittman J, Shiffman D, Singh N. Averting harmful outcomes in wildlife conservation: why cooperation and evidence matter.

McLellan M.L.,McLellan B.M., Sollmann, R., Lamb, C.T., Apps, C., Wittmer, H.U. In review. Divergent population trends ten years after ending the legal grizzly bear hunt in southwestern British Columbia, Canada.

Gilbert, S., Broadly, K., Doran-Myers, D., Droghini, A., Haines, J.A., Hämäläinen, A., Lamb, C.T., Neilson, E., Boutin, S. In review. When to let it go: climate-based triage for effective biodiversity conservation.

Reports and Media Articles

Proctor, M. F., B. N. McLellan, G. B. Stenhouse, G. Mowat, Lamb, C. T.,  and M. Boyce. 2018. Resource Roads and Grizzly Bears in British Columbia, and Alberta. Canadian Grizzly Bear Management Series, Resource Road Management. Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project. Kaslo, BC. PDF

Polzin, M.L., Lamb, C.T., Adams, I., Isaac L.A. (2017). Cottonwood Values and Species at Risk in Mount Fernie Provincial Park. Technical Report to BC Parks. Cranbrook, BC.

Mowat, G., Lamb, C.T. , Smit, L., Reid, A. (2017). The Relationships among Road Density, Habitat Quality, and Grizzly Bear Population Density in the Kettle-Granby Area of British Columbia. 20. Government of British Columbia. PDF

Lamb, C.T., Boyce, M.S., (2017). Maintaining the integrity of Alberta’s wilderness. Alberta Outdoorsman Magazine. April.

Mowat, G., Lamb C.T. (2015). Population status of the South Rockies and Flathead grizzly bear populations in British Columbia, 2006-2014. 20. Government of British Columbia
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Lamb C.T. (2015). Identification of Huckleberry Fields used by Grizzly Bears in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia. 25. Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project
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Lamb C.T. (2015). Predicting the Occurrence of Huckleberry and Buffaloberry Shrubs in the Kootenay Region of British Columbia. 21. Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project.

Lamb C.T. (2012). Investigating the evolutionary potential of American pika in the face of climate change: a targeted gene approach. 12. University of British Columbia

Invited Lectures

Lamb, C.T., (2017). Population Dynamics and Inference using Spatially-Explicit Capture Recapture. Invited by Dr. Sophie Gilbert, University of Idaho

Presentations

Lamb, C.T. (2018)Genetic tagging in the Anthropocene: scaling ecology from alleles to ecosystems. The Wildlife Society Conference- Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Lamb, C.T. (2018) South Rockies Grizzly Bear Project Update. Teck Coal Communities of Interest Initiative. Fernie, BC.

Lamb, C.T. (2018) The Effects of Roads on Wildlife. Roadsafe BC Community night, Elkford, BC.

Lamb, C.T. (2018) Citizen Scientist Recruitment and Information Night: South Rockies Grizzly Bear Project. Elkford, BC.

Lamb, C.T. (2018) Citizen Scientist Recruitment and Information Night: South Rockies Grizzly Bear Project. Fernie, BC.

Lamb, C.T. (2018) Grizzly bears: running out of room. Wildsight and RoadWatchBC Public Presentation-Fernie, BC.

Lamb, C.T. (2018) Grizzly bears: running out of room.Wildsight and RoadWatchBC Public Presentation-Cranbrook, BC.

Lamb, C.T. (2018) Effects of habitat quality and access management on the density of a recovering grizzly bear population. The Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference – Lethbridge, AB.

Lamb, C.T. (2018) Grizzly bears: running out of room. Wildsight Annual General Meeting-Golden BC.

Lamb, C.T. (2017) Effects of habitat quality and access management on the density of a recovering grizzly bear population. International Bear Association– Quito, Ecuador.

Lamb, C.T. (2017) Where the rubber meets the road: the effect of roads on grizzly bear density.  Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Conference– Victoria, BC

Lamb, C.T. (2017) Maintaining resilient wildlife populations in British Columbia: Challenges and Opportunities. British Columbia Wildlife General Annual General Meeting-Nelson, BC.

Lamb, C.T. (2016) Forbidden fruit: Human settlement and abundant fruit create an ecological trap for an apex omnivore.  International Bear Association– Anchorage, AK, USA.

Lamb, C.T. (2016) Forbidden fruit: Human settlement and abundant fruit create an ecological trap for an apex omnivore.  RE Peter Biology Conference– Edmonton, AB.

Lamb, C.T. (2016) Forbidden fruit: Human settlement and abundant fruit create an ecological trap for an apex omnivore. The Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference – Drumheller, AB.

Lamb, C.T. (2015) The Ecological Trap: Linear human settlement drives population dynamics of grizzly bears in a region rich with fruit resources. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Conference– Saskatoon, SK.

Lamb, C.T. (2015) Factors influencing detection success of grizzly bears at genetic sampling sites. The Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society Conference – Edmonton, AB.

Lamb, C.T. (2015) Factors influencing detection success of grizzly bears at genetic sampling sites. RE Peter Biology Conference– Edmonton, AB.

Lamb, C.T. (2013) Development and application of a molecular sexing protocol reveals preliminary evidence of male-biased dispersal in American pika. Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Conference– Okanagan, BC.

Lamb, C.T. (2013) SNP discovery and validation in the American pika reveals population structure among elevational transects at their northern range periphery. Undergraduate Research Conference, University of British Columbia– Okanagan, BC.

Lamb, C.T. (2012) Novel genomic markers reveal genetic fixation by elevation in the climate change-sensitive, American pika. Barber School Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of British Columbia– Okanagan, BC.