Piloted in October 2013, this research gives students the opportunity to partake in groundbreaking tracking methods of polar bears in the Churchill study area. Past methods of mark and recapture have been less than ideal for both the bear and human. Students from ISAMR have been working along with Dr. Jane Waterman to refine and apply a less-invasive method that she pioneered that includes photographing the bears and using software to identify the whisker prints (each bear has a unique one, analogous to human fingerprints).
Click here to see a recent video of ISAMR students whisker printing at a zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba!
Click here to learn more about this study!
Click here to view some of our whisker printing posters.