Jackie believes that transforming ecological knowledge into effective conservation decision-making requires exchanging information across disciplines and cultural barriers. For this reason, she aims to bridge the fields of behavioral and spatial ecology to aid wildlife management, and has collaborated on research projects throughout the U.S., as well as in Chile, Ecuador, Kenya, Mexico, Panama, and Tanzania. Jackie actively teaches and mentors students both inside and outside of the classroom, aspiring to make science more engaging and accessible to members of the scientific and non-scientific community. Check out a short film about the importance of human diversity in wildlife science here, which was covered by the UC Davis Science & Climate blog.
Jackie's Master’s work in Baja California Sur, Mexico documented the first known example of fruit-eating behavior among insectivorous bats in the temperate New World. Check out popular coverage of that work here.
Jackie's PhD research in Gothic, Colorado, integrates long-term data with behavioral assays, mapping, and modeling techniques to better understand fitness consequences of habitat selection, spatial dynamics, and sociality in the golden-mantled ground squirrel, Callospermophilus lateralis. Check out a fun, 60-second film highlighting why she loves to research this species here.
Jackie aims to combine her background in science with her passion for science communication in new and exciting ways. She was selected to be a Distinguished Fellow at IWFF Filmmaker Labs, a cross-disciplinary science filmmaking workshop led by the International Wildlife Film Festival and Days Edge Productions. The resulting film, Tracking Snow, was accepted into the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.
Aliperti, J. R., D. A. Kelt, P. Heady III, and W. F. Frick. 2017. Using behavioral and stable isotope data to quantify rare dietary plasticity in a temperate bat. Journal of Mammalogy 98:340-349. DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyw196. [Cover article, Editor’s Choice]
Kelt, D. A., J. R. Aliperti, P. L. Meserve, B. Milstead, A. Previtali and J. Gutiérrez. 2015. Energetic compensation is historically contingent and not supported for small mammals in South American or Asian deserts. Ecology 96:1702–1712. DOI: 10.1890/14-1569.1.
Aliperti, J. R., D. H. Van Vuren, A. J. Rossi, and K. B Armitage. Litter relocations in two ground-dwelling squirrel species of differing size and sociality. In review.
West, E. W. and J. R. Aliperti. Sulphur Creek Mining District Waste Removal Project 2014 Bat Assessment. Prepared for Homestake Mining Company by West Ecosystems Analysis, Inc. 25 June 2014.
Aliperti, J. R. and D. A. Kelt. Winter Survey of Bats at Parque Nacional Bosque Fray Jorge, Chile. Internal report to the Chilean National Forestry Service, Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF). 1 March 2014.
West, E. W. and J. R. Aliperti. Washoe Meadows State Park 2013. Bat Survey and Ecological Status Assessment. Prepared for California Department of Parks and Recreation by West Ecosystems Analysis, Inc. 1 August 2013.
Aliperti, J. R. and M. L. Nabhan. (Spring 2010). The effect of wind energy development on bats. Synapse, Boston University Undergraduate Science Magazine.