I am studying the predation and scavenging ecology of Black Bears, Bobcats, and Coyotes and the potential impacts these carnivores may have on white-tailed deer populations in the western mountains of Virginia.
We are utilizing a variety of methods to do this, including GPS telemetry, fecal DNA, and remote cameras. My research interests include predator-prey dynamics, carnivore ecology, and wildlife-habitat interactions, and conservation in working landscapes.
Basically, I make a living physically harassing critters, picking up their poo, and spying on them with remote cameras. Same old same old for Marcella’s students.