On 21 August 2015, the
Hudson Bay Project lost one of our most prolific and innovative young
members. Linda's PhD work centered on understanding how polar
bears were responding to climate change and determining whether their
responses would be sufficient to sustain them. Insisting
on a passive sampling approach that did not disturb the bears,
Linda trained a Dutch Shepard (Quinoa) to find polar bear scat along
the shores of Hudson Bay and on the more inland highlands adjacent to
rivers and lakes in Wapusk National Park. She found that polar
bears are opportunistic and flexible foragers that have altered their
diet to match currently available food.
completing her doctorate, Linda remained a member of the Hudson Bay
Project and oversaw our continuing bear work. Links to her published work are included on our bear research page.
Contribute to the Linda J. Gormezano Memorial Fund
Rocky's tribute can be found here
The tribute and complete collection of her work can be found here.
A few pictures of her and Quinoa in the field are below.