For all their global appeal and familiarity, polar bears are actually few and far between, with 19 small populations spread out across a habitat the size of Europe. And they have been studied very little. The traditional method –using helicopters and tranquilizers- is invasive, expensive and difficult, so sampling occurs per group only once every 12 to 15 years.
Tracking post-education success
As access to post-secondary education is mainly limited in Nunavut to the Nunavut Arctic College, many students must travel to southern Canada in pursuit of further studies. While studying educational trends among Inuit students, Thierry Rodon of Laval University realized that no work was being done to track the success of these students once they had completed their studies.