For Anne Macleod a typical work day could take her anywhere from her home base of Whitehorse, Yukon, to southern B.C., to Baffin Island, Nunavut. MacLeod, a wildlife biologist for Environmental Dynamic Incorporated (EDI), is making a career of her passion to understand the interactions between environment and industry, particularly as it relates to wildlife.
Originally from Houston, B.C., Macleod started her education at King’s as an ambitious science student. She took on a job with a local forest biologist during her summer breaks and this job, together with her degree from King’s, led to a career in environmental consulting.
Today as a wildlife biologist, MacLeod works on a variety of projects relating to wildlife research and management and environmental impact assessments. In her current role, she assesses prospective developments and works with developers to minimize environmental impacts related to development. Her process involves running field studies to document the wildlife and wildlife habitat present in an area prior to development, analyzing the potential effects of the proposed development on those species, and making recommendations to limit any impacts to those species. If a site is approved, MacLeod and her colleagues create mitigation and monitoring strategies to be sure that environmental threats are diminished and all effects chronicled. In this way she and her colleagues play an important role in weighing the environmental, social, and economic benefits and drawbacks of development in Canada’s north.
“There’s always impact when it comes to development, so we need to do our best to ensure that any effects are as small as possible, and to make intelligent choices about what impacts we can and cannot accept. It’s by no means straightforward or easy but it is important work and I do my best to do it well and wisely.”