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Roger Creasey initiated the Montane Research Program through Shell Canada and coordinated the first four years of research activities and fieldwork. Roger has worked in the field of energy regulation and environmental effects for over 35 years.
Roger worked with Shell’s various business units in their activities across North America. He is a Professional Biologist by trade, and has been involved in many wildlife research projects including wolf/caribou ecology. Roger is also an adjunct professor with the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design and has taught graduate courses in Ecuador, Thailand and Cambodia as part of the Faculty. In 2005, he was awarded a prestigious Emerald Award for Corporate/Institutional Leadership by the Alberta Emerald Foundation and he received a Prairie Conservation Award in 1993 for his work in developing practices and policies to reduce the oil/gas footprint on native prairie ecosystems.
It is with great sadness that we announce that Roger Creasey passed away in September 2012. Roger touched many lives through his work providing regulatory and environmental management consulting services to energy developers, and through his passionate involvement in wildlife research projects in the US and Canada. Roger will be greatly missed.
Wildlife Specialist ñ Waterton Lakes National Park
Barb Johnston is the wildlife specialist for Waterton Lakes National Park. She is involved in research, monitoring and management of the park’s many wildlife species, from elk and grizzly bears to frogs and bats. Because of the relatively small size of Waterton Lakes National Park (505 km2), most of this work involves collaborating with neighbouring landowners and land management agencies to ensure the protection of wildlife throughout the larger region. Johnston completed a B.Sc. in biology at the University of Guelph and an M.Sc. in ecology at the University of British Columbia. She has worked in national parks across western Canada including Riding Mountain, Wood Buffalo, Banff, and Gwaii Haanas.
Biologist, Alberta Conservation Association (ACA), Blairmore
Mike Jokinen started his career in biology with Fish and Wildlife in Canmore. While in the Canmore area he had the opportunity to work on a variety of ungulate and carnivore related projects, including aerial ungulate surveys. Since the summer of 2002 he has been working with the ACA in the Crowsnest Pass. Mike has been involved in a variety of projects in the Crownest Pass region, involving fisheries, habitat, and wildlife but has applied most of his effort studying the survival and demography of bighorn sheep in the Yarrow-Castle region of southwest Alberta. Mike enjoys exploring the mountainous landscapes of southwest Alberta, in search of the perfect fish, hike, hunt or photograph. He completed his B.Sc. degree at the University of Lethbridge.
As part of the Montane Elk Research Committee, the ACA wishes to contribute to the team by utilizing the GPS collar elk location data during winter to help identify winter ranges used by mature bull elk (3+ antler points) that may not currently be surveyed, and if necessary, develop a site-specific model to predict the proportion of both bull and cow elk that are not observed during aerial surveys. This tool would correct for missed elk during population trend aerial surveys, improving the accuracy of population counts used for tag allocation and land use decisions.
Waterton Lakes National Park (retired)
Rob Watt now lives in Pincher Creek, Ab., following his retirement in the spring of 2010 after 36 years with Parks Canada, most of it in Waterton Lakes National Park. Born in 1946 in west central Saskatchewan, he grew up on the family farm there, and began a career as a National Park Warden in 1974 after graduating from Lethbridge Community College, working at various times in Jasper, Glacier and Waterton Lakes. Along the way he picked up a degree in Environmental Studies (Geography) from the University of Waterloo. Ongoing interests include wildlife conservation, management of parks and protected areas, and the Environmental/Ecological/Cultural history of landscapes. He is the co-author (with the late Dr. Johan F. Dormaar) of ìOil City ñ Black Gold in Waterton Parkî and is an active participant in the Mountain Legacy Project, an ongoing study of landscape changes in mountain environments.