Welcome to the website of the Environmental Conservation Lab (ECL) at the University of Manitoba! You can use this site to learn more about the ECL, the people who work here, the publications we have produced, and the community partners we work with.
Our research incorporates both quantitative and qualitative approaches to management and conservation-related problems that affect resource-dependent communities around the world. We examine impacts of environmental degradation on these communities, and their responses to these changes. Human-related quantitative research takes the form of mail-out questionnaires and directed household interviews, whereas qualitative research is in the form of semi-directed interviews, spatially-referenced community-based mapping, transect walks and video documentation.
This research approach is complimented by and contextualizes conventional biological research on these issues. Combining these social and biological approaches increases the quality of the research outcomes, and promotes the importance of the rich, multi-generational insights of rural and indigenous residents. Moreover, it holds the biological research accountable to the communities and stakeholders that inform the research, ultimately increasing the relevance of our work.