New Publication on Ganges River Dolphin conservation

John Koprowski is a coauthor on a paper lead-authored by Shambhu Paudel, recent visitor to the KCRL, that documents the rarity of Ganges River dolphins in Nepal.  The research suggests that only about 40 animals remain in the major rivers and that river depth is a major predictor of animal presence.  Factors that influence water depth including hydroelectric dams remain a major challenge for this endangered freshwater dolphin.

Paudel S, Pal P, Cove MV, Jnawali SR, Abel G, Koprowski JL, Ranabhat R (2015) The Endangered Ganges River dolphin Platanista gangetica gangetica in Nepal: abundance, habitat and conservation threats. Endang Species Res 29:59-68

Rhino conservation at Balule Reserve, South Africa

KCRL’s PhD student Melissa Merrick and Prof John Koprowski visited Balule Reserve, one of the Kruger associated parks to initiate a collaborative project with Transfrontier Africa (, the Phoenix Zoo and Prof Mike Stokes and Western Kentucky University.  The project integrates remotely sensed imagery, ground assessments of habitat, black and white rhino movements and poaching fate to create models of poaching risk and habitat use.DSCN4635

Grad Students excel at TWS 2015 Winnipeg

The 2015 Annual Conference of TWS was held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and KCRL was represented by excellent posters from MS students Amanda Veals and Max Mazzella and stellar oral presentations by PhD students Sarah Hale and Jonathan Derbridge.  Jonathan also presented a tremendous short IGNITE talk to a packed house on Rewilding Mars…an ode to modern conservation efforts.  Great job despite the delay of this posting!

KCRL members featured in The Wildlife Society IWMWG Newsletter

KCRL members share experiences from the 5th International Wildlife Management Congress in Sapporo, Japan in the latest issue of Passport – the newsletter for The Wildlife Society’s International Wildlife Management Working Group. The TWS International Wildlife Management Working Group sponsored one of our student-led symposia and helped to fund travel to the Congress. Thank you TWS IWMWG!

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Jonathan Derbridge and Tatsuki Shimamoto

Jonathan Derbridge and Tatsuki Shimamoto in Japan following the International Wildlife Management Congress

New research on Neotropical pygmy squirrels’ use of seasonally flooded forests in the Peruvian Amazon

KCRL alum Rosa Palmer’s has just published another part of her Master’s Thesis research on Neotropical tree squirrels in the Peruvian Amazon.  In this paper, she presents the first estimates of Neotropical pygmy squirrel (Sciurillus pusillus) population density and documents characteristics of the forest that influence habitat selection at 3 different scales (landscape, forest, and focal tree) in addition to activity patterns and behavior in this secretive and data deficient species.

Congrats Rosa!

Read all about it here!


The KCRL moves to ENR2 building

The KCRL now calls the University of Arizona’s newest building, Environment and Natural Resources 2, our home.  We are thrilled to be housed in this unique, ecologically conscious LEED certified building, the design of which is inspired by a slot canyon, with a cool, inviting interior, pictured below.  Our updated contact information can be found on the KCRL website.




Read and watch more about our new home:

Animated renderings from slot canyon to ENR2:

Story in the UA news:

All about the building and construction: