KCRL welcomes new Master’s student Amanda Veals!

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 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 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)

Amanda volunteering with AZGFD tracking Mexican wolves (photo: David Veals)

KCRL leader Dr. Koprowski returns to China for field work & international conference

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.

View from John’s dormitory window at the base of Mt. Taibai, Qinling Mountains, China.

Dr. John Koprowski heads to South Africa to initiate pilot study on small mammal seed dispersal

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!

Melissa Merrick wins prestigious fellowship from the American Society of Mammalogists

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:

http://ag.arizona.edu/research/redsquirrel/students/mmerrick.html

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