November 5, 2016: Thank you to Laurel Peelle for representing the PEL at this year's Burke Museum Meet the Mammals event!
August 19, 2016: This past Friday, Carolyn Shores became the latest PEL doctoral student to pass the qualifying exam. After this major hurdle, she now gets to spend some time relaxing in Ireland. Well deserved, Carolyn!
August 15, 2016: Congratulations to Shannon Kachel, who just passed his doctoral qualifying exam! As reward, Shannon now gets to return to Kyrgyzstan for another field season of snow leopard research.
August 1, 2016: Michael Havrda continued his visite médiatique with an interview that aired yesterday on KIRO 7.
July 27, 2016: Today, with lead author Professor Bill Ripple (Oregon State University) and many other co-authors, we published a paper in the journal Bioscience titled, "Saving the World's Terrestrial Megafauna" that both highlights the plight of these species and calls for increased efforts to preserve the ecosystem services and economic benefits with which they are associated.
July 18, 2016: Publication announcements! Shannon Kachel co-authored both a book chapter on the state of the art and science of camera trapping in the book Snow Leopards in Elsevier's new Biodiversity of the World series as well as an article on snow leopard food habits in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.
July 12, 2016: Michael Havrda was recently interviewed about his research by KOMO TV, and the story, which aired yesterday as part of the network's evening newscast, is now posted on their website. Keep up the great work, Michael!
June 25, 2016: The PEL has a new member! Recently, Lauren Satterfield joined us as a PhD student who will explore wolf-cougar interactions as part of a new study we're conducting in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Welcome aboard Lauren!
June 9, 2016: Today, in collaboration with Dr. Michael Heithaus (Florida International University) and Patrick Greene (Symbio Studios), we completed a video lesson based on the Washington Wolf Project. The lesson is designed for use at multiple grade levels – from elementary to high school - and facilitates learning about ecosystems, animal behavior, the importance of predators, and how ecosystems and animals respond to environmental changes. It also includes a teacher packet with suggestions for how to extend the exercise and differentiate instruction. The video will reach thousands of students as part of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Science Fusion program. Thanks Mike and Pat!
May 20, 2016: Nina Mowat, Christine Phelan, Kyra Kaiser, and Tiffany Lloyd presented a poster with the results of their analysis of deer travel time using animal-borne video data at the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Symposium. We are grateful for their help on the Washington Wolf Project!
May 13, 2016: Michael Havrda is looking for community members like you to allow us to place a remote camera on your property to collect data for our new research study: the Washington Urban–Wildland Carnivore Project.
March 30, 2016: Thanks to Michael Havrda and Clint Robins, who recently spoke to high school students while taking part in the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center's Environmental Science and Technology Practicum. Michael and Clint helped to provide the participating students with a hands-on survey of environmental science careers, and from the feedback we received were "nothing short of awesome". Nice work, guys!
March 17, 2016: Today, Laurel Peelle successfully defended her Master's Thesis, which focused on using saliva DNA from kill site remains to identify predators of snowshoe hares in north-central Washington. We congratulate Laurel for her excellent presentation and are happy to report that she will be continuing on in the PEL to complete her dissertation!
March 10, 2016: Carolyn Shores has received rave reviews for a talk she gave to the Seattle Mountaineers Naturalists Study Group entitled, "The return of wolves to the American West and the balance of nature". Bravo, Carolyn!
March 4, 2016: Clint Robins, Apryle Craig, Shannon Kachel, and deer behavior intern Christine Phelan presented at the Graduate Student Symposium.
February 24, 2016: King 5 News aired a story on the urban-wildland carnivore research being conducted by Predator Ecology Lab Masters student Michael Havrda. A collaboration between the University of Washington and Woodland Park Zoo, the urban-wildland carnivore project is examining ways to promote successful coexistence between humans and carnivores in Western Washington.
February 22, 2016: Congratulations to Jeff Harris, who successfully defended his Master's Thesis today! His talk did an excellent job of distilling the results of an effort to model the weaning process in California sea lions. We wish Jeff well as he moves forward at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory, and thank him for being such an enthusiastic and collegial member of the PEL!