Scattered Episode 03: Interview with Dr. Shelley Alexander

Dr. Shelley Alexander is a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She specializes in canid (dog species, including wolves, coyotes, domestic dogs) behaviour, and uses non-invasive approaches (like tracking) to observe their movements and infer their behaviour. In this episode we talk about:

  • Shelley’s research and how biogeography and zoogeography fit within a department of Geography
  • The invasiveness of tracking an animal via a radio collar
  • The “cognitive map” that a canid can use to survey its home territory
  • How a canid may discover a dead body (or carrion) and scavenge it
  • That trails used by canids could also be used for the recovery of remains
  • Behaviours that canids may exhibit while scavenging, including moving pieces far from the body

You can find Shelley’s University of Calgary profile here:

https://geog.ucalgary.ca/manageprofile/profiles/shelley-alexander

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Published by reluctantarchaeologist

I used to be an archaeologist. I guess, in a lot of ways, I still am and always was. I like to dig -- into human nature. It's dirty work, and I often don't like what I dig up. It used to be stone tools and other assorted artifacts, now it's often the truth or more questions. However, the digging is always enlightening and I always end up knowing more than when I started out.

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