Human-wildlife coexistence, large vertebrate recovery, and restoration of rangelands

Collaborating Institutions: Rewilding Argentina, CONICET, UC Berkeley, University of Wisconsin  - Madison, University of Wyoming

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.

Risk effects in extreme landscapes

Collaborating Institutions: Rewilding Argentina, CONICET, UC Berkeley, University of Wisconsin  - Madison, University of Wyoming

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.

Wildlife behavior and ecology in the built environment

Collaborating Institutions: National Park Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, UC Santa Cruz, Western University

Our work examines how human-induced fear influences risk-mitigation strategiesdiet selectionpredator-prey interactionsenergeticscompetition, and landscape connectivity for California wildlife. We seek to understand the ecological consequences of displacement of pumas as behavioral top predators and the effects of synergistic anthropogenic effects on mule deer in human-dominated landscapes in California.


Other ongoing 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

Evaluation of of non-consumptive effects of predation in the field with Scott Peacor et al.

Anthropogenic influences on predator-prey interactions with Amy Van Scoyoc et al.

Evaluation of the predator-prey space race with Justin Suraci and Andy Sih et al.

Environmental influences on small mammal populations with Tina Cheng, Chris Law, Anna Nisi, and Yiwei Wang et al.