Advisor: Dr. Michael Eichholz
Mesocarnivore species such as coyotes (Canis latrans) and bobcats (Lynx rufus) are the primary predators of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) throughout much of eastern North America. These carnivore species can affect deer populations and behavior through direct predation, as well as indirect predation effects, such as changing deer movement through antipredator behavior. As a result, understanding the interactions between coyotes, bobcats, and white-tailed deer are essential to understanding the predator-prey dynamics that control their behavior.
My research involves tracking coyote and bobcat movement with GPS collars and using this data to understand the movement and space use of these predators, and, combined with white-tailed deer movement data, determine how predator activity impacts white-tailed deer spatial behavior.