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In this Smart Forests Radio episode, we speak to Dr Douglas Clark, an associate professor at the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. Our conversation revolves around wildlife monitoring technologies and the collaborative process of knowledge production with Northern and Indigenous communities in Arctic Canada. Douglas elaborates on how technologies, when contextualised within local knowledge and conditions, play a crucial role in empowering Indigenous communities to take the lead in scientific research. He emphasises the potential of non-invasive and autonomous technologies, such as remote cameras, drones, and acoustic recording buoys, in researching wildlife and environmental changes in the Arctic.

Interviewers: Trishant Simlai and Max Ritts

Producer: Harry Murdoch

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This radio episode was produced by the Smart Forests project funded by the European Research Council. Smart Forests is led by Professor Jennifer Gabrys and is based in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

Smart Forests Atlas materials are free to use for non-commercial purposes (with attribution) under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. To cite this radio episode: Clark, Douglas, Trishant Simlai and Max Ritts, "Douglas Clark: Non-invasive Monitoring Technologies in the Canadian Arctic", Smart Forests Atlas (2023), https://atlas.smartforests.net/en/radio/douglas-clark. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.10686809.

Header image: David Kuptana, an Inuvialuk hunter and guide, setting up the first remote cameras at community members’ cabins on the Beaufort Sea coast. Image source: Human-wildlife Interactions Research Group, University of Saskatchewan [image]. Retrieved 30 October 2023, from https://research-groups.usask.ca/human-wildlife-interaction

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