Gary McQuaid (MA, RRU Primary Supervisor)
Gary McQuaid has over two decades of experience working and recreating in alpine environments. It is no surprise that his current thesis project with Royal Roads University is based on mountain goats population dynamics and management. Gary is focusing on stakeholder relationships to mountain goats within the Skeena Region of British Columbia, which is also his home, and where he has worked as a hunting guide and participated in numerous harvests within a variety of cultural contexts. His research seeks to promote the cultural importance, and improve the management of this iconic species by incorporating stakeholders (hunters, outfitters, managers), and their ecological knowledge, into current management regimes.
Adrian Smith (MA, UNBC Co-Supervisor)
Adrian is currently pursuing an MA in the Natural Resource and Environmental Studies (NRES) Program at the University of Northern British Columbia. Specializing in human geography, he is particularly interested in the relationship between people, environments, industry, and the history of land-use and how such relationships can be better understood for Indigenous peoples Rights and Title, For Adrian’s MA research he is using novel historical-ecological methods to map recent and ancient cultural-ecological features in Luutkudziiwus territory (Madii Lii,) in the Pacific Northwest.