In our lab, we strive to apply theoretical principles of ecology, behavior, and conservation science to natural systems. We use a combination of field observations, experiments, and modeling techniques to answer specific questions generated by observing natural systems. My research has emphasized the ecology and conservation of mammals, often focusing on carnivores due to their sensitivities to environmental disturbances. I do not feel limited, however, to the study of any specific taxon. Rather, we strive to ask and answer interesting scientific questions that help promote the conservation of biological diversity.
Because of my commitment to, and passion for, conservation, much of my research examines the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances on wildlife, including habitat fragmentation, urban sprawl, recreation, and noise and light pollution. As the Director of the Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence, a particular focus is reducing conflict and facilitating coexistence between humans and carnivores, to minimize impacts on both people and predators.
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