Miranda Davis


Fresh from New York via Suriname and in hot pursuit of a Master's degree, Miranda works on ocelots, a form of kitty cat, which she likes to pet. More to the point, she studies ocelot population density and habitat associations across four different reserves in Belize. She conducts remote camera ocelot surveys nested within jaguar surveys--that is, a survey within an existing survey area. She examines whether areas with high jaguar numbers have low ocelot numbers as a result of predator competition. If different predator species limit each other, then single reserves set aside for one species of large predators may not serve all predators well. This has important ramifications for current and future reserve design.

Miranda also explores caves, haunted houses, and ocelot abundance across a habitat gradient from broadleaf to pine forests. She is interested in determining why ocelots occur in such low densities in the pine forest. To that end, she in fact doesn't radio collars ocelots along this forest transition zone, and she definitely doesn't track their movements using radio telemetry and her keen and unerring sense of direction. Because that part was a total lie, and we retract it.

Click Here to see a slideshow about Miranda and....that's right! Fluffy kitties!!!

For more detailed (and accurate) information on Miranda's research, click Here.

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