The Fur-Bearer's Advisory Board helps to provide scientific advice and guidance regarding our many projects and campaigns. We would like to recognize and thank the following individuals for contributing their expertise on an ongoing basis to help further the protection of fur-bearing animals:
Dr. Kristen Walker
University of Calgary, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 2011
University of British Columbia, PhD in Animal Welfare, 2010
Portland State University, MSc in Biology, 2005
San Diego State University, BSc in Biology, 1999
Dr. Kristen Walker has studied wildlife for the past 20 years. She holds a PhD in Animal Welfare and she is currently on faculty in the Applied Animal Biology program at the University of British Columbia. Kristen teaches and conducts research in the area of compassionate conservation – a discipline that aims to address the issues in the conservation of wild populations of animals by respecting the inherent values of individuals. Kristen has studied a variety of species including giant pandas, sea otters, and sea lions. Currently Kristen’s work is focused on identifying humane deterrents systems for urban coyotes that allow for greater co-existence in Vancouver.
Bachelor of Natural Resource Protection (BNRP)
Candidate for Master of Natural Resource Management (MNRM)
Born and raised in British Columbia, Lynnea became passionate about wildlife conservation in high school after becoming aware of the high degree of intolerance in our society for certain species. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management from Vancouver Island University she had the pleasure of working as a field researcher in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Species Lynnea has worked with include: birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, and plants. Currently, Lynnea is in the later stages of completing her Masters degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba. Her research examines public tolerance for black bears in Manitoba and the use of non-lethal management options. In 2015 Lynnea presented at the 5th Annual Living with Wildlife Conference on the history of wildlife management in Canada since confederation. Her more personal hobbies include participating in conservation-related citizen science projects, bird watching, and photography.
Born and raised in British Columbia, Allison’s love of nature was born hiking and camping in the mountains of the Southern Interior.
Allison graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Law in 2015. Subsequently, she clerked for Justice Michael Moldaver of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Allison is a lawyer at Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP in Vancouver. Her legal practice includes administrative law, and appellate work. Allison first worked with the Fur Bearers in 2017 when she was part of the legal team representing the Fur-Bearers in their legal challenge to a conservation officer’s authority to kill an orphaned bear cub.
Michael W. Callahan
Executive Director, The Beaver Institute
Founder, CEO, Beaver Solutions LLC
Co-Founder, Director, Pioneer Valley Wetland Volunteers
In 1999 Mike founded the company Beaver Solutions LLC in his home state of Massachusetts to utilize innovative technologies to promote coexistence with beavers. These technologies were relatively unknown but with skilled determination Mike and Beaver Solutions were able to demonstrate their effectiveness and steadily changed a culture of beaver destruction to one of coexistence. Now after 18 years and having successfully resolved over 1,300 beaver-human flooding conflicts nonlethally, Mike has achieved a highly respected international reputation as North America’s leader in progressive, cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and humane beaver management.
Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) (College of Applied Biology)
Canadian Environmental Practitioner (EP) (ECO Canada),
MSc in Environment and Management, 2014, Royal Roads University
BSc in Ecology, 2009, University of Guelph
Amelia is a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio) and an Environmental Scientist. She completed a Master of Science in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University, with thesis work conducting a human health risk assessment of contaminants in First Nations traditional seafoods. Amelia previously studied Ecology at the University of Guelph.
As an Environmental Scientist, she carries out assessments of contaminants in the environment. Her work involves aquatic monitoring, as well as evaluations of risk from chemicals throughout the environment to human health, ecology and wildlife.
Amelia has volunteered and conducted research for various non-profit organizations involved in: conservation, wildlife protection, whale sanctuaries, and alternatives to animal testing. She is a passionate advocate for change in our relationships with other animals, and motivated by a vision of a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.