From the Arctic to Africa: Canids in Extreme Environments

Cover Image: Ethipian Wolf Conservation Programme

With the exception of Antarctica, canids exists everywhere and vary greatly in their size, ecology, and conservation status. For example, the arctic fox inhabits the extremely cold and harsh environments of the Northern Hemisphere and exhibits highly adaptive movements to track food resources. Ethiopian wolves are specialists to Afroalpine ecosystem and only inhabit the mountains of mountains of Ethiopia where they are threatened by habitat loss and diseases.

Join the Wolf Conservation Center and Dr. Sandra Lai for an informative webinar on April 27, 2023 at 4 pm ET. Dr. Lai will summarize her past research on the movement tactics of arctic foxes and discuss her current research on the population dynamics of Ethiopian wolves.


Dr. Sandra Lai is a postdoctoral researcher with the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) and Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) where she studies population demographics, social group dynamics, and disease surveillance of Ethiopian wolves. Recently, she completed her PhD at Université du Québec à Rimouski where she studied winter movement tactics, socio-spatial organization, and population genetics of an Arctic fox population from Bylot Island (Nunavut, Canada). Her research interests cover the movement ecology, behavior, and life-history traits of mammals living in harsh environments and how trophic and non-trophic interactions shape ecosystem structure and function.

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