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Woodland caribou calf mortality in Newfoundland: insights into the role of climate, predation and population density over three decades of study

Population Ecology
Shane P. Mahoney, Keith P. Lewis, Jackie N. Weir, Shawn F. Morrison, J. Glenn Luther, James A. Schaefer, Darren Pouliot, Rasim Latifovie

The rates and causes of juvenile mortality are central features of the dynamics and conservation of large mammals, like woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou (Gmelin, 1788)), but intrinsic and extrinsic factors may be modified by variations in animal abundance. We tested the influences of population size, climate, calf weight and sex on survival to 6 months of age of 1241 radio-collared caribou calves over three decades, spanning periods of population growth (1979–1997) and decline (2003–2012) in Newfoundland, Canada.

Unveiling trade-offs in resource selection of migratory caribou using a mechanistic movement model of availability

Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau, Jonathan R. Potts, James A. Schaefer, Mark A. Lewis, E. Hance Ellington, Nathaniel D. Rayl, Shane P. Mahoney and Dennis L. Murray

Habitat selection is a multi-level, hierarchical process that should be a key component in the balance between food acquisition and predation risk avoidance (food–predation trade-off). However, to date, studies have not fully elucidated how fine- and broad-scale habitat decisions by individual prey can help balance food versus risk. We studied broad-scale habitat selection by Newfoundland caribou Rangifer tarandus, focusing on trade-offs between predation risk versus access to forage during the calving and post-calving period.

Temporal variation in habitat use, co-occurrence, and risk among generalist predators and a shared prey

Canadian Journal of Zoology
Guillaume Bastille-Rousseau, Nathaniel D. Rayl, E. Hance Ellington, James A. Schaefer, Michael J.L. Peers, Matthew A. Mumma, Shane P. Mahoney, and Dennis L. Murray

Generalist predators typically have broad diets, but their diets may become constrained when one species of prey becomes disproportionately available. Yet there is poor understanding regarding whether generalist predators exhibit stereotypic relationships with pulsed prey resources.

Scientific Articles by Publications

Acta Oecologica

Acta Oecologica is a venue for the publication of original research articles in ecology; including ecosystem ecology, community ecology, population ecology, conservation ecology, and evolutionary ecology.  Both theoretical and empirical papers are welcome, but combinations are particularly sought.


Alces is scientific journal devoted to the biology and management of moose.  Alces invites original manuscripts describing studies of biology and the management of moose throughout their circumpolar distribution, as well as other ungulate or carnivore species that overlap their range.

Biological Conservation

Biological Conservation is an international leading journal in the discipline of conservation biology.  It publishes high-quality articles spanning a diverse range of fields that contribute to the biological, sociological, and economic dimensions of conservation and natural resource management.

Canadian Journal of Zoology

The Canadian Journal of Zoology, published since 1929, reports on primary research contributed by respected international scientists in the broad field of zoology, including behavior, biochemistry and physiology, developmental biology, ecology, genetics, morphology and ultrastructure, parasitology and pathology, and systematics and evolution.


Founded in 1920, Ecology publishes articles that report on the basic elements of ecological research with emphasis on concise and clear writing that documents important ecological phenomena.  It publishes a broad array of research that includes a rapidly expanding envelope of subject matter, techniques, approaches, and concepts.


Écoscience is a multidisciplinary journal published quarterly by the Université Laval. It creates a forum for all ecologists and publishes original work focusing on patterns and processes at various temporal and spatial scales and at different levels of biological organization.

Forest Ecology and Management

Forest Ecology and Management publishes articles that link forest ecology with forest management.  It focuses on the application of biological, ecological, and social knowledge to the management and conservation of plantations and natural forests.  The scope of the journal includes all forest ecosystems in the world.


Ibis is the official journal of the British Ornithologists’ Union.  It publishes original papers, reviews, and short communications reflecting the forefront of research activity in ornithological science, but with special emphasis on the conservation, ecology, methodology, ethology, and systematics of birds.

International Journal of Environmental Studies

The International Journal of Environmental Studies is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research.  The environment is understood to comprise the natural and the man-made, and their interactions: including such matters as pollution, health effects, analytical methods, political approaches, and social impacts.

Journal of Mammalogy

The Journal of Mammalogy has been the flagship publication of the American Society of Mammalogists since 1919.  It promotes interest in mammals by the publication of original and timely research on all aspects of the biology of mammals.  Topics include behavior, conservation, ecology, genetics, morphology, physiology, and taxonomy.

Journal of Wildlife Management

The Journal of Wildlife Management, an official publication of The Wildlife Society, publishes original research contributing to wildlife science.  It features investigations into the biology and ecology of wildlife and their habitats with implications for wildlife management and conservation within the context of contemporary management and conservation issues.

Molecular Ecology

Molecular Ecology publishes papers that utilize molecular genetic techniques to address consequential questions in ecology, evolution, behavior, and conservation.  Studies may employ neutral markers for inference about ecological and evolutionary processes or examine ecologically important genes and their products.

Molecular Ecology Resources

Molecular Ecology Resources publishes articles on technical methods, computer programs and genomic resource development, and new tools for molecular genetic studies in natural populations.  It also publishes empirical and theoretical papers on DNA barcoding and reviews of recent technical advances in the field of molecular ecology.


Rangifer is the world’s only scientific journal dealing exclusively with the biology and management of arctic and Northern ungulates, reindeer and caribou, in particular.  It publishes original research papers, review articles, and brief communications in all themes and fields related to Northern ungulates, and reindeer husbandry.

The Canadian Field Naturalist

The Canadian Field Naturalist is a peer-reviewed, scientific journal publishing papers by amateur and professional naturalists and field biologists, reporting observations and results of investigations in any field of natural history, provided they are original, significant, and relevant to Canada.

The Forestry Chronicle

The Forestry Chronicle is published to provide information to forest practitioners about professional and scientific management of forests and their resources, and provides forest practitioners in Canada and around the world with a means to communicate with their peers in the professional community.

Wildlife Biology

Wildlife Biology is published bimonthly by the Nordic Council for Wildlife Research.  It welcomes articles from around the world and accepts theoretical, empirical, and practical manuscripts from all areas of wildlife science with the primary task of creating the scientific basis for the enhancement of wildlife management.

Wildlife Society Bulletin

The Wildlife Society Bulletin, published by The Wildlife Society, is a journal for wildlife practitioners.  It features articles about contemporary wildlife management and conservation, education, administration, and law enforcement, as well as review articles on the philosophy and history of wildlife management and conservation.