Kyle Artelle

Degrees: BSc University of Victoria

Website: here



I work with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and am co-supervised by Dr. John Reynolds of the Earth2Ocean group at Simon Fraser University and Dr. Chris Darimont at the University of Victoria.  I am a Hakai Scholar with the Tula Foundation, a Vanier Scholarand a Wilburforce Fellow.  Much of my field work occurs in, and in collaboration with, the Heiltsuk Nation (see Raincoast Heiltsuk Territory Project Background and 2013 Updates).  Please consider visiting the links above 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 colleagues and I investigate the conservation implications for species whose resource and habitat requirements overlap with those of humans.  We study British Columbia’s populations of black and grizzly bears to explore various concerns related to this overlap, including the effects of food availability on bear diet, population dynamics, and bear-human conflict, and risks posed by trophy hunt management.  The scale of these investigations ranges from provincial (using government datasets) to the Central Coast, where we partner with the Heiltsuk, Wuikinuxv, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, and Nuxalk First Nations to conduct non-invasive field monitoring of grizzly and black (including spirit bear) populations across an area of >22,000 km2.

In addition to quantitative inquiry, my colleagues and I also investigate natural resource management in general, assessing the rigour of current grizzly bear management in British Columbia, the inclusion of scientific principles in wildlife management across North America, and the role of values in wildlife management.


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
Pepscu, 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