Nicholas DeCesare

First Name: 
Nicholas
Last Name: 
DeCesare
Academic Year: 
AY2012-13
Graduate Program: 
Fish and Wildlife Biology
College/University: 
University of Montana
Research/Scholarly Work: 
I am studying the predator-prey dynamics of large mammals in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, with particular attention to a threatened ungulate, woodland caribou. Recent anthropogenic landscape change has been linked to woodland caribou population declines, with proposed mechanisms including an alteration of the predator-prey dynamics of the greater community. Specifically, human forestry and energy industries are hypothesized to have increased both the numerical response (density) and functional response (kill rates) of a key predator, wolves. I am testing how human footprint has affected recent patterns of wolf predation risk, caribou resource selection, and ultimately caribou survival and population viability.

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