Research


HUMAN-WILDLIFE COEXISTENCE, LARGE VERTEBRATE RECOVERY, AND RESTORATION OF DEGRADED RANGELANDS

Collaborators: Arthur Middleton, Emiliano Donadio, Justin Brashares, Jon Pauli, Andres Novaro, Harshad Karandikar, Mitch Serota, Guada Verta, Pablo Alarcón

Large mammals are recovering across Patagonia, despite ongoing conflicts with local livestock producers. Our research program focuses on improving the outcomes of wildlife recovery by mitigating human-wildlife conflict and informing management solutions to restore the Patagonian steppe. Faced with ongoing challenges of climate change and human-wildlife interactions, this region embodies the many difficulties and opportunities that face landscape-level conservation initiatives worldwide.


PREDATOR-PREY DYNAMICS IN Extreme LANDSCAPEs

Collaborators: Arthur Middleton, Emiliano Donadio, Jon Pauli, Michael Sheriff, Owen Bidder

Landscapes of fear can dictate how animals utilize resources, move through space, and interact with other species. Our work explores the spatial and temporal dynamics of predator-prey interactions using pumas and vicuñas as a study system in San Guillermo National Park, Argentina, where rare high quality forage is also associated with high risk of predation.


Anthropogenic impacts on Carnivore Ecology and conservation

Collaborators: Chris Wilmers, Yiwei Wang, Justin Suraci, Austen Thomas, Mike Clinchy, Ayana Crawford, Taal Levi, Tim Duane, Devin Roberts, Liana Zanette

Our work examines how human-induced fear influences risk-mitigation strategies, diet selection, predator-prey interactions, energetics, competition, and landscape connectivity in carnivores. We seek to understand the ecological consequences of displacement of carnivores as behavioral top predators in human-dominated landscapes.


Other Collaborations

Disease ecology and ecological restructuring with Julia Monk et al.

Caracal movement on the Cape Peninsula with Laurel Serieys and the Urban Caracal Project

Wolf-cattle interactions, wolf recovery, and migratory prey in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with Arthur Middleton, Avery Shawler, Kristin Barker, and Liz Templin

Prevalence of non-consumptive effects of predation with Scott Peacor et al.

Restoration of large carnivores in North America with Mike Cherry and John Benson et al.

Experimental approaches to studying predator-prey ecology with remote camera technology with Justin Suraci and Lydia Beaudrot et al.

Global patterns of human-induced fear with Justin Suraci and Kaitlyn Gaynor

Human influences on global scavenger diversity with Esther Sebastián-González et al.

Mechanisms and patterns of ungulate migration change with Wenjing Xu et al.

Applications of the ecology of fear to diverse wildlife management objectives with Kaitlyn Gaynor et al.