When the cat’s away: Wildlife’s response to human self-isolation due to the pandemic

Photo by Zach McIver and Cam Edwards, used with permission

Alina C. Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental and Earth Sciences co-editors Currently, self-isolation is the norm for people all over the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While you’ve been staying home, you’ve been justifiably worried about the health of your family and friends, your career, and the economic impacts of the pandemic, […]

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Withering wildlife: Will Canada Target 1 conservation goals effectively protect our unique biodiversity?

Alina C. Fisher and Tanya Samman, Environmental & Earth Sciences co-editors What comes to mind when you think of Canada’s parks? Vast tracts of wilderness? A place to hike or camp? The mandate of Parks Canada is to ensure natural areas for both ecological integrity and human enjoyment. But human enjoyment may not be as […]

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Alina Fisher, Environmental & Earth Sciences editor

Born in Romania, Alina’s early childhood memories revolve around feeding wildlife, exploring forests and beaches, and bringing home any wild animal she could find. This included snakes, frogs, mice, birds, and polecats – much to her mother’s chagrin. Her love of the natural world led Alina to study population and community ecology in diverse ecosystems, including yucca–yucca […]

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Tanya Samman, Environmental & Earth Sciences editor

Tanya Samman (@T_S_Sci) has a multidisciplinary background and brings an interdisciplinary approach to all her pursuits. She received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and her Ph.D. from the University of Calgary, specializing in paleontology and geology. Her research interests include palaeoecology and functional morphology and biomechanics. Tanya is interested not only in […]

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