Courtney Clarkson is a fourth-year Bachelor of Communication Information Design student at Mount Royal University. She is passionate about diving into complex issues, understanding the supporting systems, and developing design solutions that address the root of the problem. As part of her Information Design capstone, Courtney developed a concept for an Augmented Reality app which would support coexistence between humans and wildlife in urban environments. Courtney is also an avid acrylic painter with a love for the outdoors.


Networking Break Activity

How might we empower the public to coexist with urban coyotes?

Urban wildlife management is more than changing the behaviours of wildlife; it requires us to change our own behaviours to better coexist with our wild neighbours. Coyotes have existed in Alberta for thousands of years, but the development of urban spaces has created a new biome where this species has thrived. As a result, there has been an increase in human-coyote interactions in our cities as both species attempt to meet their own needs in this space.

The balance of the urban ecosystem relies on coyotes and they cannot be removed from our cities. Instead, we must shift the mindset around sharing our cities with wildlife and recognize the natural environment urban areas exist within. By approaching wildlife management with the goal to coexist, human behaviours that create problematic relationships with coyotes can be changed to support a healthy ecosystem within urban areas.

The MRU Student Showcase will exhibit parts of Humanly, the 2018 Information Design Student’s capstone project.


Look for this activity in the program during the Lunch Break on Friday at 12:00 pm. If you haven’t already, get your tickets to the 2019 Environmental Gathering!


Explore this environmental solution through the lens of this United Nations Sustainable Development Goal:

Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15 Life on Land