KCRL Master’s student Sam Abercrombie participated in the 13th annual RISE Symposium on Saturday 08 October 2016, in the Marley Building on the University of Arizona (UA) campus (http://www.tucson.ars.ag.gov/rise/index.htm) and received the Best Poster award for his efforts. The objectives of the symposium are to share recent results of scientific research in semiarid environments, with an emphasis on work conducted at the USDA-ARS Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW) and the University of Arizona Santa Rita Experimental Range (SRER), and to encourage future research and outreach activities. A recent UA News story https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/rise-symposium-highlight-range-research described the legacy of student engagement and research collaborations that have emerged from the previous 12 symposia.
Sam’s winning poster titled “Small Mammalian Herbivores Decrease Herbaceous Plant Cover in Shrub Invaded Grassland”, highlights his Master’s research at the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed where he is documenting how small mammals influence vegetation communities in this arid ecosystem.
13th Annual RISE Symposium Best Poster Awardee Sam Abercrombie (right) and contest benefactor Malcolm McGregor (left).
Two great new publications highlighting research by KCRL alums have just been released.
KCRL alum and Catalina Foothills High School science teacher Kirsten Fulgham’s research on Kangaroo rat foraging behavior on a colony of reintroduced black-tailed prairie dogs has just been published in The Southwestern Naturalist. Kirsten received her Master of Science in Natural Science for Teachers, a great program at the University of Arizona.
Read more here:
Fulgham, K. M. and J. L. Koprowski. 2016. Kangaroo rat foraging in proximity to a colony of reintroduced black-tailed prairie dogs. The Southwestern Naturalist 61:194-202.
A new species account on the Mearns’s squirrel (Tamiasciurus mearnsi) has just been published by Dr. K, Mike Steele, and KCRL alum Dr. Nicolás Ramos-Lara. Nicolás did his PhD research on the endemic Mearns’s squirrel in the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir in Baja California Norte, Mexico.
Read more here:
Koprowski, J. L., M. A. Steele, and N. Ramos-Lara. 2016. Tamiasciurus mearnsi (Rodentia: Sciuridae). Mammalian Species 48:66-72.
Kangaroo rat entering its own data at Las Cienegas National Conservation Area
Mearns’s squirrel in Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, Baja California Mexico
Baja California’s endemic Mearns’s squirrel (Tamiasciurus mearnsi) is the focus of the most recent KCRL publication in Mammalian Species 48(936):66-72 authored by John Koprowski, Mike Steele and Nicolas Ramos-Lara.
Read the abstract at: http://mspecies.oxfordjournals.org/content/mspecies/48/936/66.abstract
More than you may want to know about squirrels, chipmunks, marmots and prairie dogs…KCRL members John Koprowski, Emily Goldstein (postdoctoral researcher), Kendell Bennett (doctoral student) and Calebe Mendes (visiting doctoral scholar) recently coauthored the 189 page section on the Sciuridae in Handbook of the Mammals of the World published by Lynx Edicions (http://www.lynxeds.com/hmw/handbook-mammals-world-volume-6). The section provides a species account for all 292 recognized species in the Family Sciuridae and includes a range map and a wonderful artist’s painting of each species on more than 10 plates in additional to copious references and a general overview of the species….now its on to the next project!
KCRL members have published two new species accounts in Mammalian Species! The Caucasian Squirrel, Sciurus anomalus, was the subject of an account authored by KCRLs John Koprowski, alum Sandy Doumas and Israeli colleague Leah Gavish. KCRL alums and current members Allyssa Kilanowski, Tim Jessen, Melissa Merrick, Nate Gwinn and John Koprowski also produced the account for Microsciurus flaviventer, the Amazon dwarf squirrel.
Read the accounts at:
Jessen, T. G., A. K. Kilanowski, R. Nathan Gwinn, M. J. Merrick, and J. L. Koprowski. 2016.Microsciurus flaviventer (Rodentia: Sciuridae). Mammalian Species 48:59-65.
Koprowski, J. L., L. Gavish, and S. L. Doumas. 2016. Sciurus anomalus (Rodentia: Sciuridae). Mammalian Species 48:48-58.
Sciurus anomalous – photo by Ahmet Karataş
Microsciurus flaviventer – photo by George Lamson
A fantastic collaborative conservation effort among AZGFD, Phoenix Zoo, USFWS, NAU, and the University of Arizona is underway!
On August 17th, the first translocation of captive bred narrow-headed gartersnakes was performed by a collaborative team of conservation experts, including KCRL PhD students Brian Blais and Stuart Wells (Stuart is also the Director of Conservation and Science at the Phoenix Zoo). This occasion marks the first time that the species has been released in the wild from a captive breeding program, and is a big step toward the recovery of the species. Brian will be monitoring these snakes post release (using radio telemetry) to understand space use, habitat needs, diet, survival and more – all of which we know very little.
Way to go team!
Garter snake release team. Photo by George Andrejko/AZGFD
Narrow-headed garter snake. Photo by Amy Burnett/AZGFD
KCRL is very pleased to announce 6 new graduate students joining us this fall to begin conservation research projects on species as diverse as garter snakes, Andean bears, tiger salamanders, ground squirrels, and tree squirrels!
Please give a warm welcome to the newest members of Team KowPow!
Brian Blais: captive bred narrow-headed garter snake translocation
Colin Brocka: Sonoran tiger salamander dispersal
Allie Burnett: Harris’s antelope ground squirrel ecology
Kira Hefty: Big Cypress fox squirrel occupancy
Mauro Vela-Vargas: Andean bears in Columbia
Stuart Wells: Mt. Graham red squirrel captive breeding and release
We will be posting more details about their projects here and on our webpage in weeks to come, stay tuned!