Plains Bison Effects on Grassland Biodiversity

Wed, Nov 20, 12:00 pm
126 Barnard Hall
Speaker Name: 
Hila Shamoon
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Conservation Ecology Center

Hila Shamoon is a landscape ecologist and mammalogist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Conservation Ecology Center. Shamoon is focused on understanding the role of ecosystem engineers in a human-dominated landscape, and at what scales ecosystem engineers provide desired outcomes to supports ecosystem intactness. This work, in partnership with the American Prairie Reserve, is part of a restoration initiative of North American’s Great Plains.

Shamoon uses a multi-species approach to answer local- and landscape-level questions to better understand ecological processes and trophic cascades. She combines several modeling methodologies and collects data from the field using several technologies, such as camera traps, audio recordings, GPS tags, and aerial imagery.

Shamoon will present preliminary results from several ongoing Smithsonian Grassland Ecology projects.


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