Leah is a terrestrial biologist with 15 years of working experience in the wildlife sciences. Her areas of expertise include wildlife management, large carnivore ecology, species habitat and distribution modelling, terrestrial wildlife inventory and monitoring, and human-wildlife interactions. Leah obtained a Bachelor of Science (Biology) at Vancouver Island University and a Master of Science (Wildlife Management) at the University of Pretoria. She is a Registered Professional Biologist with the BC College of Applied Biology. Her MSc thesis investigated habitat selection by cheetah in a multi-user landscape. Leah has considerable experience designing and implementing baseline studies for Species at Risk and has developed numerous quantitative models to describe mammal, bird, and amphibian species distributions and habitat availability in Western Canada. Leah’s technical writing and analytical abilities are demonstrated by 12 peer-reviewed publications and numerous scientific reports. Her work experience includes Environmental Impact Assessment, wildlife management and mitigation plans, and wildlife monitoring and permitting. Prior to becoming a biologist, Leah worked as a wilderness guide in the Yukon and undertook several long-distance expeditions by canoe, horseback, and dogsled. When not working, Leah enjoys hiking, paddling, and finding animals but can usually be found in the garden.