Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Member profile: Pamela Wright

Pamela Wright lives and teaches at UNBC and resides near Prince George, but is slowly building a retirement home just outside of Smithers in the Call Lake area, which she retreats to throughout the year. She has been visiting friends and vacationing in the Bulkley Valley for 25 years and sees it as the place she wants to set down permanent roots.

Pamela's work deals with conservation planning and management at a broad provincial or national scale, although some of her work is focused in the Muskwa-Kechika management area and the Peace River Break. She is looking forward to grounding her thinking and conducting place-based work in an area she really cares about. "The Bulkley Valley has such an interesting ecology and dynamic communities. Joining the BVRC will provide me with the opportunity to get to know the landscapes, the people, and the issues more deeply and to contribute to its sustainability," says Pamela.

Her attraction to conservation work began as a child. Pamela grew up in northern Ontario where she spent the summers camping, hiking, canoeing, and fishing in and outside of parks. This early exposure guided her toward conservation work that relates to managing and monitoring for ecological integrity either within park agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, or in broader natural resource management contexts, such as sustainable forest management in Canada, the US, and internationally.

This year, Pamela was awarded a Wilburforce Foundation Fellowship in Conservation Science. The Fellowship is helping her to build a network of scholars throughout western Canada and the US who are working on related issues. It also involves training and support in a wide range of conservation science topics, including a recent intensive week she spent this past April focusing on communicating science in the media.

In the summer, you can find Pamela and her trusty, four-legged sidekick on a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard (the dog enjoys all three). For fun, she builds tiny houses on wheels, and currently has two on the go in her barn.