Another Mammalian Species Account from KCRL

Take a look at another new Mammalian Species account from KCRL graduate students Shari Ketcham and Melissa Merrick describing our current scientific knowledge of the Bolivian Squirrel, Sciurus ignitus.

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Sciurus ignitus at the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge in Manu, Peru.  Taken by Fabrice Schmitt.

Sciurus ignitus at the Cock-of-the-Rock Lodge in Manu, Peru. Photo by Fabrice Schmitt.

Two new Mammalian Species accounts from KCRL

Check out two new Mammalian Species accounts from KCRL alums Nicolás Ramos-Lara, Emily Scobie, and Rosa Palmer describing current scientific knowledge of the European ground squirrel, Sciurus citellus , and the Junín red squirrel, Sciurus pyrrhinus.

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Ramos-Lara, N., J. L. Koprowski, B. Kryštufek, and I. E. Hoffman. 2014. Spermophilus citellus (Rodentia: Sciuridae). Mammalian Species 46:71-87.

Scobie, E. H., R. R. Palmer, and J. L. Koprowski. 2014. Sciurus pyrrhinus (Rodentia: Sciuridae). Mammalian Species 46:88-92.


John Koprowski presents at the Chinese Academy of Sciences during visit to China

Professor Koprowski has returned from 5 weeks in northwest China at Northwest Agriculture & Forestry University working with research collaborators and presenting on the importance of biodiversity and conservation.  He spent 1-3 December in Beijing at the Institute of Zoology on the Chinese Academy of Sciences campus where he presented a talk entitled “Conservation in the face of global change: lessons from the endangered Mt. Graham red squirrel” and discussed future research collaboration.  We remain hopeful of expanding research collaboration and graduate student exchange between China and our lab.

CAS Institute of Zoology

CAS Institute of Zoology

Woman and the Moon sculpture on CAS campus

Woman and the Moon sculpture on CAS campus

John at 2008 Olympics' The Water Cube adjacent to the CAS campus

John at 2008 Olympics’ The Water Cube adjacent to the CAS campus

KCRL Graduate Students excel at the Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society

Congratulations on the fine efforts of KCRL doctoral students Hsiang Ling Chen (road impacts on red squirrels), Jonathan Derbridge (stable isotope use in assessing diets of wolves), and Melissa Merrick (natal dispersal determinants in endangered red squirrels) in presenting their research at the annual conference of The Wildlife Society held 25-29 October 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Posters were also presented by MS students, Maria Altemus (home range ecology of antelope jackrabbits) and Allyssa Kilanowski (juvenile dispersal in chipmunks), to showcase the efforts of these lab group members.  Excellent attendance at the downtown riverside convention center and fall colors on the surrounding hills combined with great presentations for a wonderful conference.  Great job!

Dr. Koprowski nominated TWS Fellow at The Wildlife Society 2014 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh

Our fearless leader, Dr. K, was nominated as a TWS Fellow at The Wildlife Society Annual meeting in Pittsburgh this week!

This award recognizes members who have distinguished themselves through exceptional service to the wildlife profession.  TWS Fellows serve as ambassadors of The Wildlife Society and as such are encouraged to engage in outreach and other activities that will benefit and promote TWS and the wildlife profession.  TWS Fellows are appointed for life.

Go Team KowPow!


KCRL student videos receive top votes at First Annual SNRE Film Festival

KCRL graduate and undergraduate students submitted short videos about summer research to the first annual School of Natural Resources and the Environment Film Festival.  Both videos received top votes!  Check out our winning entries on You Tube:

What Does the Squirrel Say? – Featuring Allyssa Kilanowski, Jonathan Derbridge, Melissa Merrick, Jennifer Merems, Wing Pearl Lam, and Michael Taylor: 

Night of the Lepus – Featuring Maria Altemus and Nerissa Hall:

Mt. Graham red squirrels in the news!

MGRS_at_PHXZooArizona endangered species research and management in the news!  Check out a recent story about efforts to preserve the Mt. Graham red squirrel and how annual population estimates are generated.  This story appears in the Cronkite News, a digital media outlet offering professional journalism experience to students in Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  See if you can catch a quote by KCRL’s leader, Dr. K in the this piece and don’t miss the associated Video Story with footage from the Phoenix Zoo’s Mt. Graham red squirrel captive breeding facility.