Ellie Bolas MS, 2020, Van Vuren Lab, UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology PhD Student, Smith Lab, UC Davis Graduate Group in Ecology firstname.lastname@example.org https://smithecology.net/people/ twitter: @ecbolas orcid id: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5604-2942
Ellie’s research interests include species interactions such as competition and predation, wildlife movement and habitat use, interactions between wildlife and humans, and island ecology. She earned her MS in Ecology in the Van Vuren lab in 2020.
Ellie's masters research investigated the island spotted skunk (Spilogale gracilis amphiala) and the island fox (Urocyon littoralis) on Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands. She investigated appropriate methods for monitoring island spotted skunks (Spilogale gracilis amphiala), and evaluated microhabitat associations and temporal activity by island spotted skunks and island foxes (Urocyon littoralis) that may facilitate coexistence between the two.Ellie's research on island spotted skunks was highlighted in an article by The Wildlife Society.
Ellie is currently a PhD student in the Smith lab at UC Davis, studying predator-prey interactions between mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and mountain lions (Puma concolor) relative to wildfire, human activity, and human development in the greater Los Angeles area. Outside of research, Ellie engages in initiatives to expand diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and science.
Peer-reviewed publications: Bolas, E. C., R. Sollmann, K. R. Crooks, E. E. Boydston, L. Shaskey, C. L. Boser, A. Dillon, and D. H. Van Vuren. 2021. Role of microhabitat and temporal activity in facilitating coexistence of endemic carnivores on the California Channel Islands. Journal of Mammalogy: gyab125. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyab125
Bolas, E.C.; R. Sollmann; K. R. Crooks; L. Shaskey; C. L. Boser; V. Bakker; A. Dillon; D. H. Van Vuren. 2020. Assessing Methods for Detecting Island Spotted Skunks. Wildlife Society Bulletin 44:309-313. https://doi.org/10.1002/wsb.1085
Agha, M.*, T. Batter*; E. C. Bolas*; A. C. Collins*; D. Gomes da Rocha*; C. M. Monteza-Moreno*; S. Preckler-Quisquarter*; R. Sollmann*. 2018. A Review of Wildlife Camera Trapping Trends Across Africa. African Journal of Ecology 56:694–701. https://doi.org/10.1111/aje.12565. *Authors contributed equally