Wildlife Recovery in Novel Ecosystems
Due to the effects of rapid global change, the restoration of wildlife is occurring on altered landscapes. For example, in Patagonia, following European colonization and the rise of livestock production, the population of both guanacos and pumas declined; the absence of pumas is hypothesized to have triggered the rapid expansion of Magellanic penguin populations along the Atlantic coast of Argentina. Today, pumas are returning to Patagonia due to a decline in sheep ranching and ongoing wildlife restoration efforts, which has led to a novel predator-prey relationship between pumas and penguins. My work seeks to unravel the ecological impacts of this novel interaction and its impact on wildlife restoration in the region more broadly.
Analyzing the impacts of a novel resource pulse (i.e., Magellanic penguins) on puma movement, habitat selection, and sociality
Testing for apparent competition or mutualism between penguins and guanacos
Socio-ecological Dimensions of Wildlife Recovery
Despite global declines in biodiversity, successful conservation efforts have led to the recovery of animal populations around the world. The success of these initiatives hinges on the integration of ecological and socio-political factors. We are exploring the potential drivers of successful wildlife restorations globally and the ways management and policy can shape wildlife restoration goals.
Investigating the impacts of including human dimensions on wildlife translocation outcomes
Developing a framework for restoring lost wildlife migrations
Centering 30 x 30 initiatives on freshwater conservation
Applying Wildlife Ecology to Guide Management and Conservation
Wildlife conservation is complicated by the diverse range of environmental, social, economic, and political factors that influence conservation outcomes. My work seeks to integrate current theoretical frameworks and methods to solve modern day problems in conservation. I use current techniques in spatial and behavioral ecology to analyze and synthesize data that helps improve our ability to manage and conserve biodiversity.
Assessing the effects of roads on guanaco movement
Examining the impacts of prescribed fire on Florida Panther den site selection
Investigating Snow Leopard population response to changes in livestock management practices
Evaluating the habitat selection of a recovering guanaco population