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ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES FOR EVALUATING AND MITIGATING WILDLIFE-VEHICLE COLLISIONS Roads are a widespread and increasing feature on most landscapes throughout the world, and their presence can have substantial negative consequences for many species of wildlife. Wildlife-vehicle collisions ( WVCs )...
GLOBAL TEMPERATURE INCREASE RESULTING FROM CLIMATE CHANGE HAS A POTENTIAL TO AFFECT NATURAL ECOSYSTEMS IN PROFOUND WAYS. BIRD COMMUNITIES ARE A GOOD INDICATOR OF THE IMPACTS Global temperature increase resulting from climate change has a potential to affect natural ecosystems in profound ways. Bird...
LANDSCAPE-LEVEL EFFECTS OF FOREST BIOFUELS DEVELOPMENT ON WILDLIFE IN THE NORTHERN FOREST REGION My research assesses the potential effects of a proposed development of a cellulosic biofuels industry in the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan on wildlife. This project examines wildlife habitat at...
EFFECTS OF SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL PATTERNS OF LANDSCAPE AND WEATHER ON WILD TURKEY POPULATIONS AND HARVEST POTENTIAL Wild turkey ( Meleagris gallopavo ) management has shifted focus from restoration to sustainable harvest management. Populations appear to be reaching peak levels and are not likely to...
SOCIAL-SPATIAL BEHAVIOR AND MANAGEMENT OF WHITE-TAILED DEER IN URBAN AND SUBURBAN ENVIRONMENTS With increasing urban sprawl, human-wildlife conflicts have become a focal point for managing wildlife populations. White-tailed deer ( Odocoileus virginianus ) are of interest because of the damage they...
David Williams' research interests focus on understanding how landscape heterogeneity influences animal movements and habitat use and applying that knowledge in the context of larger ecological processes and management decisions. His dissertation evaluated the role of white-tailed deer movement...
MULTI-SCALE DRIVERS OF WINTER RESOURCE SELECTION AND SEXUAL SEGREGATION IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN MULE DEER To determine how mule deer densities and scale influence the degree and timing of sexual segregation on the East Front winter range, determine how sexes differ in physiological adaptations and...
TROPHIC CASCADES INVOLVING HUMANS, WOLVES, ELK, AND ASPEN IN THE CROWN OF THE CONTINENT ECOSYSTEM Predation by wolves ( Canis lupus) may be critical for maintaining biodiversity and sustaining aspen ( Populus tremoloides ) communities. Currently in decline throughout the West, aspen provides key...
Jami Belt University of Montana I grew up near the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio and went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio to pursue a career in wildlife/ human behavioral research. My degree in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in biological sciences and neuroscience (B.A., 1997, Miami...
ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOR OF BLACK BEARS, MISSOULA, MONTANA AND PUBLIC ATTITUDES ABOUT MANAGEMENT As urban areas increase in size because of human population growth, habitat for wildlife is decreasing. Although black bears generally avoid areas of high human use, they have discovered how to exploit some...

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