Cara is a biologist, with over 15 years of experience working in the environmental field. Her recent interest is in the area of cumulative effects related to human development. In addition to spatial modelling, Cara enjoys and looks for every opportunity to spend time in the field on various projects, ranging from wildlife to water quality work.
Cara is predominantly found in the Kootenay-Boundary region of British Columbia, occupying a range of terrestrial habitats including mountain forests and grasslands, but is also known to dwell near moderately sized streams and small rivers during the summer months. Cara is sensitive to human disturbance and selects remote locations to spend time with her small family unit. Her home range is of sufficient size to cultivate garden crops, support farm animals, and encompasses a local watering hole on the rare occasion social interaction is desired.
Cara is native to the Kootenay region of BC, although has spent time in other parts of Canada while trying to establish a home range. She spent some time on the prairies in pursuit of an education and holds a M.Sc. from the University of Lethbridge. A period of time working in the marshes of Lake Erie left Cara longing for the mountains, where she is now happily settled.
Conservation status is linked to the availability of Cara’s preferred habitats. Given the desire for undisturbed, large tracts of pristine habitat and the risk posed by development, Cara is currently listed as Conservation Dependent – low risk for extinction but dependent on conservation efforts to preserve habitat necessary for survival.