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Shelley Marie Alexander

Professor, Geography, University of Calgary

I have 30 years experience studying wild canids in North America (wolves, coyotes), specializing in human-coyote conflict. I am an expert wildlife tracker, established geospatial scientist, road ecologist, and advocate for animal welfare in scientific practice. My main project, the Foothills Coyote Initiative, explores all aspects of human-coyote conflict in urban centres (from social sciences to humanities and animal behaviour). I apply results of research in co-existence programs and actions (including best practices in humane aversive conditioning). I also have worked internationally (habitat selection by painted dogs in Africa, hurricane fragmentation effects on howler monkey in Belize, road effects on carnivores in the Yucatan, Mexico). I teach in the areas of Animal Geography, Biogeography, Spatial Ecology, Philosophy of Science, and Ways of Knowing in Geography.


  • –present
    Professor, Geography, University of Calgary


  • 2001 
    University of Calgary, Ph.D.