The Koprowsk Conservation Research Laboratory has begun a collaborative research project with the San Bernardino National Forest, CA to study San Bernardino flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus californicus), an isolated subspecies of northern flying squirrel and potential candidate for listing under the Endangered Species Act. The KCRL has successfully implemented non-invasive sampling techniques, including camera traps and hair tubes, to learn about the basic ecology of San Bernardino flying squirrels and their response to recent fire.
Trail camera images of San Bernardino flying squirrels investigating hair tubes are shown below:
The KCRL is excited to add a new Master’s student, Amanda Veals, to our group! Amanda grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and attended the University of Arizona as an undergraduate. She received her Bachelor’s in Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a minor in Wildlife Management. During her time as an undergrad, she worked as a college intern for the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona and also worked in Namibia, Africa for a conservation group studying wild cats. Her true passion has always been conservation and wildlife; that is why she was so excited to accept the position back at her alma mater under Dr. Koprowski. Her work in the Koprowski lab will focus on how Mt. Graham red squirrel density and midden occupancy influences visitation and predation by mammalian predators.
Welcome aboard Amanda!!
Amanda helping her mammalogy instructor take gray fox body measurements (photo: Tayler LaSharr)
Amanda preparing to release a striped skunk caught on Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area (photo: Sarah Schwenck)
Amanda volunteering with AZGFD tracking Mexican wolves (photo: David Veals)
Our Fearless leader, Dr. K, has returned to China to initiate a pilot project on small mammal abundance and diversity within the Panda Reserve Center in the Qinling Mountains. John hopes this pilot will develop into a long-term collaborative research effort between the University of Arizona and The Northwest Agricultural and Forestry University in Yangling, outside of Xi’an.
Dr. K will then head to Zhengzhou, Henan, China to attend The 5th International Conference on Rodent Biology and Management, 25-29 August 2014. More conference details here.
View from John’s dormitory window at the base of Mt. Taibai, Qinling Mountains, China.
KCRL master’s student Allyssa Kilanowski is headed to the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting in Sacramento, CA to present her poster titled “Does personality affect the exploration stage of juvenile dispersal in a fossorial rodent (Tamias dorsalis)?”. Way to represent Allyssa!!
KCRL doctoral candidates Hsiang Ling Chen and Melissa Merrick receive travel grants from The Wildlife Society to attend the annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA in October. Travel grants are to defray the costs of travel and meeting registration. Congrats!!
KCRL leader Dr. John Koprowski has arrived in South Africa to begin a pilot study assessing the potential impacts of local small mammals as seed dispersers within African savanna ecosystems. John joins Dr. Mike Stokes from Western Kentucky University at the Balule Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park to begin this exciting new collaborative project. Their preliminary research will focus on small mammal trapping coupled with analyses of seed fate and seedling herbivory. Stay tuned for more updates!
Congratulations to Melissa Merrick, PhD candidate in the KCRL, who received the prestigious ASM Fellowship at the American Society of Mammalogists’ 2014 Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City. The ASM Fellowship is the highest award made to a graduate student member of the ASM. The fellowship is intended to recognize current accomplishments in mammalogy, service to the ASM, and the potential for a productive future role in mammalogy. The award includes a $7500 cash award and $200o in scientific books. To learn more about Melissa’s doctoral work on the natal dispersal and settlement decisions of young red squirrels visit: