Our Team

We are the Wildlife Ecology and Community Engagement Lab based at the University of Saskatchewan. Our team working on the wild boar project includes:

Dr. Ryan Brook – Principal Investigator
RyanBrookRyan is an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan, and oversees the wild boar project. Ryan obtained a BSc in Zoology, Masters of Natural Resource Management, and PhD in Environment and Geography all from the University of Manitoba. He then completed a PDF in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary. His research interests lie in wildlife ecology and health, aboriginal community engagement and traditional ecological knowledge, farmer knowledge about wildlife, youth engagement in science, and management of the wildlife-livestock interface. Read more at https://agbio.usask.ca/faculty-and-staff/people-pages/ryan-brook.php

Ryan Powers – Masters student

Screenshot 2016-11-28 15.21.12Ryan is leading the collaring work being done to better understand wild boar ecology in Saskatchewan. (Photo by Kelly Running, Carlyle Observer).






Ruth Kost – PhD student

IMG_7038Ruth is leading the documentation and mapping of wild boar sightings across Canada to better understand wild boar distribution in Canada. Ruth completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Resource Science, and recently extended her masters work on the wild boar project into a PhD – there’s just so much to do!



Raea Gooding – Outreach Coordinator

13615001_10153554591865997_4974976268654268559_nRaea attends events and school presentations around western Canada to talk about the wild boar research project. She obtained a BSc in Agriculture (Agricultural Biology) and a Master of Environment and Sustainability, both from the University of Saskatchewan.



We are funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, the University of Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Fish and Wildlife Development Fund, and receive in-kind support from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Parks Culture and Sport. Canadian Wildlife Captures conducted the capture and collaring of feral pigs, and Southeast Aviation, as well as Mitchinson Flying Services provided aircraft monitoring support. The Moose Mountain Eradication Team has been instrumental to the success of this project.