IMG_2993 (2)Knowledge Translation is the practice of effective translation of technical information to either the public or policy arenas. There remains a large gap between science and policy, and science and public engagement and understanding. This results in conflict and controversy, frequently in areas where the science is unclear, or misleading information is present. With a science career that has spanned forestry, wildlife biology, evolution, vaccine development, genetic modification and biotechnology, and a great deal of experience in the resource extraction industries, Carla Davidson has a great deal of experience with areas of science that generate public controversy. Therefore Carla’s passion is using her communication, teaching, and knowledge translation skills to help divided parties find common ground, supporting the development of solutions to difficult issues.

In November of 2014, Carla obtained her Knowledge Translation Certificate through the Sick Kids Hospital at the University of Toronto. Current Knowledge Translation projects include working with the community of Fort McKay to complete a wildlife toxicology study in partnership with Environment Canada. This requires engaging actively trapping community members, identifying their concerns with wildlife health, and assessing how the program could help support their decisions on use of traditional resources. It also requires liaising with technical consultants to ensure that the experimental design and data analysis is sufficient to address the community’s needs. This form of Integrated Knowledge Translation, where the knowledge end-user is involved in the design and execution of the study, helps ensure that the science being produced will be useful for decision making by end users.