Our research spans ecology, behavior, and conservation of mammals; ecological approaches for managing human-wildlife conflicts; exotic species, especially in island ecosystems.
Our lab has worked in Baja California Sur, Mexico, California, Colorado, Hawaii, and Santa Cruz Island, and on species such as the yellow-bellied marmot (Marmota flaviventris), golden-mantled ground squirrel (Callospermophilus lateralis), Koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck, Anas wyvilliana), mountain lion (Puma concolor) and pallid bat (Antrozous pallidus), among many others.
Jackie gave an oral presentation of her research, "Behavioral and spatial dynamics of golden-mantled ground squirrels," at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory seminar series. June 2016.
Jackie and Aviva are in the field for the 27th season of golden-mantled ground squirrel research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory! If you're near Gothic, CO, this summer, come by and check out Jackie's new open field tests for ground squirrels. June 2016.
Dirk and Caitlin caught up with ground squirrel researchers from all over North America at the 96th annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Caitlin presented a poster on determinants of multiple paternity in golden-mantled ground squirrels, and gave a talk on social and ecological constraints on early reproduction in female golden-mantled ground squirrels. June 2016.
Congratulations to Caitlin, who won a Doctoral Presentation Award for her talk "Why are some Ducks Brown?" at the 7th North American Duck Symposium in Annapolis, Maryland. February 2016.
Congratulations to Jackie, who won the Lubee Bat Conservation Award for her oral presentation at the North American Society for Bat Research annual meeting in Monterey, California!
Honolulu Star Advertiser newspaper article includes Caitlin's work on the conservation genomics of koloa maoli. June 2014.
Caitlin profiled for her talk on offspring sex ratios of ground squirrels at the Ecological Society of America meeting, June 2014.
Recent Publications (lab members in bold)
Aliperti, Kelt, Heady III, Frick. 2017. Using behavioral and stable isotope data to quantify rare dietary plasticity in a temperate bat. Journal of Mammalogy, 98(2): 340-349. DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyw196.