Get involved

Our extensive DNA collections would not be possible without our volunteers from around the Elk Valley!


Emma van Tussenbroek has been the Project Coordinator for the South Rockies Grizzly Bear Project since 2018 and has been a Wildlife Technician for the project since 2014. Emma grew up in Australia and for the last 10 years she has been living in Canada. She currently lives in Fernie with her fiancé (and two cats), where they enjoy spending time outdoors and hiking any chance they can get. Emma has a Bachelor of Animal Science from the University of Western Sydney in Australia and is a Veterinary Technician.

One of Emma’s tasks is to coordinate the volunteers who collect many of the hair samples for DNA and isotope analysis. Volunteers use many methods to do this from hiking to biking and even horse riding.

If you would like to find out more information or, become a volunteer for the project, please contact Emma using the contact form below.