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Queen's University

Climate Change and the Polar Bear Barometer

[Peter de Groot with students ]

Peter de Groot with students Michelle Viengkone, Georgia Meban-de Groot, Chris Harris, Candace Scott and Kim McClelland.

Combining traditional Inuit hunter knowledge and modern science, biologist Peter de Groot has developed a non-invasive method he hopes will help monitor the impact of climate change on our country's polar bears.

Partnering with the Hunters and Trappers Association of Gjoa Haven, Queen's researchers Dr. Peter Boag and Dr. Roel Vertegaal, and collaborators at the University of Saskatchewan, Cornell University, the Center for Research in Endangered Species in San Diego, and the Centre de Biologie pour la Gestion des Populations in France, Dr. de Groot's research uses non-invasive techniques such as DNA analysis of polar bear hair and fecal samples along with hunters' track assessments to determine the number, sex, age, and size of the bears, and to track their health, movement, and mating patterns to better understand how this species is affected by our changing planet.

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