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Kristen Beattie

Advisor: Tracy Rittenhouse

My research interests are in predator-prey ecology and wildlife management. I previously held a multitude of seasonal wildlife positions, all using camera traps as a wildlife management tool. My photo processing rate of nearly 1500photos/hour was key to obtaining my position at UConn.  I have experience working with a variety of North American species including white-tailed deer, Sherman’s fox squirrels, and gray fox. I have also had the opportunity to work with African mammals through a research project on livestock predation by African Lions.

My MS project will focus on understanding bobcat occupancy within the full range of human housing densities found in Connecticut. Bobcats were nearly extirpated from Connecticut, but the species was listed as a protected furbearer in 1972 and then the trapping season was closed. Since then, the bobcat population in the state has gradually recovered and people now observe bobcats within close proximity to residential areas. Check out our iNaturalist page and report your bobcat sightings. My research is based primarily on data collected using wildlife cameras.  I am also interested in the feeding ecology of bobcats, and thus I am collecting hair samples from both bobcats and common prey species for stable isotope analyses. My MS research is part of the larger CT Bobcat Project, which will ultimately inform management decisions that support the Connecticut Bobcat population.                

                                                      

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