Life Science Hour Seminar Series

Name:Paul Schuette
Title:Evaluating the status of species at risk and changing ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa and Alaska
Date:Friday, 7 December 2018
Location:Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.
Host:Todd Brinkman


My research is focused on understanding the factors influencing wildlife populations that are of high conservation and management concern. I spent 10+ years working in Kenya and Zambia, where I evaluated predator-prey dynamics, ungulate and carnivore community ecology, and human-wildlife interactions across areas spanning a gradient of protection and human land use. This research was ground-based, field intensive, and collaborative, which I believe is crucial to understanding the ecological interactions and anthropogenic pressures influencing wildlife populations and the ecosystems where they reside. In 2016 I shifted my research attention to Alaska, where I aim to achieve similar objectives in a landscape with its own set of unique conservation and management challenges, as well as logistical and practical constraints. Here, I will provide a summary of my research in Kenya and Zambia and discuss its influence on my emerging research and conservation program at the Alaska Center for Conservation Science, University of Alaska Anchorage.

About the Speaker:

I am a wildlife ecologist who has worked primarily on mammals of conservation and management concern in North America and sub-Saharan Africa. I became intrigued with wildlife conservation issues in sub-Saharan Africa as an intern with The School for Field Studies in Kenya after completing my undergraduate degree. I attended graduate school at San Diego State University, where I studied carnivore community response to a large wildfire in southern California. During my M.S., I was also able to travel periodically to Kenya to conduct preliminary fieldwork on human-carnivore interactions. This research evolved into a Ph.D. project with Scott Creel at Montana State University in Bozeman, where I evaluated predator-prey dynamics, community ecology, and human-wildlife interactions across a multiple-use, Maasai rangeland in southern Kenya. I continued to work with Scott Creel as a postdoctoral fellow on a NSF-funded project to adapt predator-prey research ideas from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and southern Kenya to three national park systems in Zambia with the Zambian Carnivore Programme and the Zambia Department of National Parks and Wildlife. I then held a postdoctoral position at SUNY ESF in Syracuse, NY, where I helped initiate a moose research and monitoring plan in the Adirondack Park before moving to my current position as a research faculty member at UAA in early 2016.

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