Members of the Lonsinger Lab conduct wildlife research that advances our understanding of ecological processes and can be applied by managers to improve wildlife conservation and management. We use a combination of intensive field-based research, laboratory-based methods and ecological modeling. We aim to confront applied problems with ecological hypotheses and to elucidate processes driving complex population dynamics. We have found that working closely with management agencies and private landowners has allowed our research to guide management and make lasting contributions to the conservation of species and the habitats on which they depend. Although our research tends to utilize carnivore species as model organisms, the approaches we employ (e.g., conservation genetic techniques, capture-recapture modeling, and occupancy modeling) are amendable to many taxa and systems. We strive to be collaborative within our own research group, with outside researchers and managers, and with private landowners and citizens; only though diversity in collaborators and stakeholders can we expect to tackle some of the most pressing and emerging management needs.
"Most of the western hemisphere's charismatic large mammals no longer exist. As a result, without knowing it, Americans live in a land of ghosts" - Paul S. Martin
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