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Jason Hawley

Advisor: Tracy Rittenhouse

My research interests include human-wildlife conflict mitigation, predator-prey dynamics and the effects of human landscape modification on wildlife populations. 

I have studied carnivores in many places throughout the United States, including gray wolves in Wisconsin, Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico, island foxes in California.  For more than 10 years, I have been employed as a biologist for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Wildlife Division.  Much of my time has been spent investigating the reproductive and denning behavior of black bears, and the diet and prey selection of furbearers.

My current research as a PhD student at UCONN is investigating resource selection by bobcats.  The goal is to understand how bobcats live in human dominated landscapes.  I will be quantifying how resource use varies with human housing density and the amount of agriculture and forest regeneration.  I plan to have data from 100 bobcats with GPS collars.  I am also interested in reproduction, including den site selection, reproductive success, and intraspecific interactions.                                                     

Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087