In this section I want to discuss areas of wildlife management that I find interesting. I will also discuss ways in which wildlife are managed and the approaches used to complete this task. The arena of wildlife management is filled with excitement, adaptation, defeats, and successes. what is working one day may not work the next. The only way to continue and advance the field is to become part of it, one must dedicate his (her) time to understanding the nuances, one must step into and become determined not to be held back by the obstacles that will be presented.
Shifting Baseline Syndrome: A case for further inquiry
An accurate portrayal of a baseline ecosystem is vital to biology and conservation work. It shapes decisions, initiatives, management, and defines a destination when conducting remediation and reclamation work. Baseline information, defined as ecological data collected at the beginning of a study or before disturbance has occurred is critical in any project as it allows for long term monitoring of environmental conditions. Read More
Biodiversity (Shannon-Wiener Index)
As a field biologist constantly out collecting data it is crucial for me to often take a step back and analyze the information that both I and colleagues have collected. It is only by meticulously going though data that one is able to piece together the puzzle that is our natural world. The information that statistics can provide the wildlife biologist is invaluable, we can use these indices to formulate management plans, determine the health of a community, and provide opportunities for further research. The future use of statistics in wildlife management will likely only be advanced as time goes one, for this reason it is important for anyone in this field, or with aspirations to enter this field to become fluent in statistical methods. Learn More
The pronghorn (Antilocapra Americana), a grassland specialist and the lone surviving member of the family Antilocapridae. This species illustrates the harsh, unforgiving predator prey dynamic of the open plains, the extinct American cheetah was presumably the main predator of the Pronghorn reaching speeds of 70 mph. These pressures produced a highly social, short lived, and large brained animal, contributing to there adaptability and learning capabilities. Read More