PhD Astrid Vik StronenHumans influence the ecology, genetic makeup, movements, disease resistance, and behaviour of wild species, and I am intrigued by how animals are adapting to our altered landscapes. Working on wolves and caribou I have studied the effects of human-caused landscape fragmentation on small populations, and how these changes may affect dispersal and result in cryptic population structure. Wide-roaming carnivores such as wolves continue to challenge humans and our willingness to share the landscape and wild prey species. Research on wolves and their conservation often entails studies of human attitudes and our willingness to preserve relatively intact ecosystems on a wide scale. I am particularly interested in contemporary evolution, including hybridization and its role in shaping wildlife populations. As examples of reproductively compatible, but ecologically dissimilar, species I have examined wolves and coyotes in landscapes variously affected by development. Human-induced hybridization has important conservation and ethical implications that both need to be considered. With rapidly advancing DNA techniques we are increasingly able to detect cryptic population structure owing to factors such as climate, habitat and diet, and I am currently examining whether adaptation to different environments may, at least in part, explain structuring of wolves in eastern Europe.
Stronen AV, Schumaker NH, Forbes GJ, Paquet PC, Brook RK. Landscape resistance to dispersal: simulating long-term effects of human disturbance on a small and isolated wolf population in southwestern Manitoba, Canada. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, doi: 10.1007/s10661-011-2469-9, published online 6 December 2011.
Stronen AV, Forbes GJ, Paquet PC, Goulet G, Sallows T, Musiani M (2012) Dispersal in a plain landscape: short-distance genetic differentiation in southwestern Manitoba wolves, Canada. Conservation Genetics, 13: 359-371.
Stronen AV, Sallows T, Forbes GJ, Wagner B, Paquet PC (2011) Diseases and parasites in
wolves of the Riding Mountain National Park region in Manitoba, Canada. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 47(1): 222-227.
Stronen AV, Forbes GJ, Sallows T, Goulet G, Musiani M, Paquet PC (2010) Wolf body mass,
skull morphology, and mitochondrial DNA haplotypes in the Riding Mountain National Park region of Manitoba, Canada. Canadian Journal of Zoology 88: 496-507.
Brook RK, Stronen AV (2009) Conflicts, corridors and collaboration: Elk and wolves between
Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Riding Mountain National Park in Manitoba. In Dearden P, Collins R (eds). Parks and protected areas in Canada, 3rd ed, Oxford University Press, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, pp 360-361.
Stronen AV, Brook RK, Paquet PC, McLachlan S (2007) Farmer attitudes toward wolves: Implications for the role of predators in managing disease. Biological Conservation 135: 1-10.
Stronen AV, Paquet PC, Herrero S, Sharpe S, Waters N (2007) Translocation and recovery
efforts for the Telkwa Caribou Herd in west-central British Columbia, 1997-2005. Canadian Field-Naturalist 121(2):155-163.
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