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Jonaki Bhattacharyya & Steve Murphy publish on impacts of BC free ranging horses

Jonaki’s PhD thesis has yielded its core paper: Assessing the Role of Free-Roaming Horses in a Social–Ecological System – http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00267-015-0508-y

Jonaki’s work was a brilliant tour-de-force that examined how biases and assumptions can lead to confabulation of impacts of apparently invasive and exotic species – in this case free ranging horses. This is a complex story of First Nations’ governance and rights of self-determination, solid ecological research, and the socio-ecological interplay that involves multiple stakeholders. In the end, we concluded that the situation was not dire and was not comparable to locations like the southwestern USA where free-ranging horses are more of an ecological problem.