Forest Sciences Centre 2215
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
work phone: 6048221283

Key research areas include:

  • Understanding mammal community dynamics in human-impacted ecosystems
  • Assessing conservation strategies for human-wildlife coexistence
  • Wildlife population estimation and habitat modelling
  • Developing and testing biodiversity monitoring methods, particularly wildlife camera trapping
  • Carnivore ecology and conservation

Unit Associations

Current Graduate Students

Erin Tattersall, MSc
Mammal responses to seismic line restoration in Alberta’s oil sands

Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

Dr. Joanna Burgar

Previous Students, Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

Kate Broadley (Msc, co-advised with Stan Boutin, University of Alberta, defended April 2017. Thesis title: The implications of animal movement on camera detections as a means to monitor density).

Mary Toews (MSc, co-advised with Francis Juanes, University of Victoria, defended September 2016. Thesis title: Managing human footprint with respect to its effects on large mammals: Implications of spatial scale, divergent responses and ecological thresholds).

Hannah Britton-Foster (BSc Honours, University of Victoria, defended April 2015. Thesis title: Influences of industrial land use features on small-scale movements of an expanding white-tailed deer population). 

Current Courses

Selected Publications

Steenweg, R, M. Hebblewhite, R. Kays, J. Ahumada, J.T. Fisher, C. Burton, et al. (2017). Scaling up camera traps: monitoring the planet's biodiversity with networks of remote sensors. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 15:26-34
Toews, M., F. Juanes and A.C. Burton. (2017). Mammal responses to human footprint vary with spatial extent but not with spatial grain. Ecosphere 8:e01735
Frey, S., J.T. Fisher, A.C. Burton and J.P. Volpe (2017). Investigating animal activity patterns and temporal niche partitioning using camera trap data: challenges and opportunities Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation
Caravaggi, A.; Banks, P.; Burton, C.; Finlay, C.; Haswell, P.; Hayward, M.; Rowcliffe, M.; Wood, M. (2017). A review of camera trapping for conservation behaviour research Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation
Brammer, Jeremy R., Nicolas D. Brunet, A. Cole Burton, Alain Cuerrier, Finn Danielsen, Kanwaljeet Dewan, Thora Martina Herrmann, Micha V. Jackson, Rod Kennett, Guillaume Larocque, Monica Mulrennan, Arun Kumar Pratihast, Marie Saint-Arnaud, Colin Scott, Murray M. Humphries (2016). The role of digital data entry in participatory environmental monitoring. Conservation Biology, 30:1277-1287
Burton, A.C., Neilson, E., Moreira, D., Ladle, A., Steenweg, R., Fisher, J.T., Bayne, E. & Boutin, S. (2015). Wildlife camera trapping: A review and recommendations for linking surveys to ecological processes. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52:675-685.
Burton, A.C., D. Huggard, E. Bayne, J. Schieck, P. Solymos, T. Muhly, D. Farr, S. Boutin. (2014). A framework for adaptive monitoring of the cumulative effects of human footprint on biodiversity. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 186:3605-3617.
Danielsen, F., P.M. Jensen, N.D. Burgess, R. Altamirano, P.A. Alviola, H. Andrianandrasana, J.S. Brashares, A.C. Burton, et al. (2014). A multi-country assessment of tropical resource monitoring by local communities. BioScience, 64:236-251
Henschel P., L. Coad, C. Burton; B. Chataigner, A. Dunn, D. MacDonald, Y. Saidu, L.T.B. Hunter. (2014). The lion in West Africa is critically endangered. PLoS ONE 9: e83500
Packer, C., A. Loveridge, S. Canney, T. Caro, S.T. Garnett, M. Pfeifer, K.K. Zander, A. Swanson, D. MacNulty, G. Balme, H. Bauer, C.M. Begg, K.S. Begg, S. Bhalla, C. Bissett, T. Bodasing, H. Brink, A. Burger, A.C. Burton, et al. (2013). Conserving large carnivores: dollars and fence Ecology Letters, 16:635-641
Burton, A.C. (2012). Critical evaluation of a long-term, locally-based wildlife monitoring program in West Africa Biodiversity and Conservation, 21:3079-3094
Burton, A.C., M.K. Sam, C. Balangtaa, and J.S. Brashares (2012). Hierarchical multi-species modeling of carnivore responses to hunting, habitat and prey in a West African protected area PLoS ONE, 7(5): e38007
Rubidge, E.M., J.L. Patton, M. Lim, A.C. Burton, J.S. Brashares and C.C. Moritz (2012). Climate-induced range contraction drives genetic erosion in an alpine mammal Nature Climate Change, 2:285-288
Burton, A.C., M.K. Sam, D.G. Kpelle, C. Balangtaa, E.B. Buedi and J.S. Brashares (2011). Evaluating persistence and its predictors in a West African carnivore community Biological Conservation, 144:2344-2353