Conference 2017 – Sable Island Horse Research

Confirmed presentation for Saturday October 21st: “Population Ecology of the Sable Island Horses”

Sable Island’s most famous inhabitants are its horses. And here’s the man who may understand them the best.

Philip D. McLoughlin is an Associate Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Biology. Philip received a B.Sc. degree in Zoology from the University of Alberta and Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Saskatchewan. A focal area of his research program is the population ecology, conservation, and management of large mammals in Canada and Europe.

Philip first began researching the Sable Island horses in 2007, when he first set foot on the island. Since then, he and his team of students and collaborators have returned every year to collect data and biological samples on the horses to ask questions about life history, ecology, evolution, conservation, and applied veterinary science. What started out as a small program is now the world’s largest and longest individual-based research program on wild equids. His team asks questions relevant to Sable Island horses, but also addresses wider problems of fundamental ecology, evolution, island functioning, and problems faced by isolated and small populations in general.

We’re so excited to get all the latest updates on population ecology of Sable Island’s horses from Phil!