The Wild Felid Research & Management Association

2016 Legacy Scholarship Recipients

We present here the 3 recipients of the 2016 Legacy scholarships offered by the WFA, as well as profiles of all of the outstanding applicants for this year's scholarships. These profiles highlight some of the academic institutions, faculty, and students at the forefront of scientific investigation of wild felids today. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in the WFA scholarships and for their dedication to furthering our understanding of wild felid ecology and conservation in the Western Hemisphere.

2016 Wild Felid Legacy Scholarship Recipients

- recipient of the "Deanna Dawn" Wild Felid Legacy Scholarship -
PhD candidate, North Carolina State University
Advisor:  Dr. L. Scott Mills,
DissertationIntra-guild competition and predator-prey dynamics following large carnivore recovery in a system with increasing human impacts.
Goal: to provide insights on some of the direct and indirect mechanisms by which recovering large carnivore populations (wolves and grizzly bears) impact mammal community dynamics through intra-guild competition and predation and to evaluate potential consequences for subordinate predators (cougars) and shared prey species (elk, bighorn sheep, moose and pronghorn antelope) in a system where anthropogenic factors also play strong roles in shaping dynamics. 

Expected completion: Spring 2019

PhD candidate, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins
Advisor: Dr. Barry. R. Noon,
Dissertation: Devising a landscape scale conservation strategy for Tigers (Panthera tigris) and Leopards (Panthera pardus) in the human dominated Central Terai Landscape, India.
Objectives: 1) Determine the spatio-temporal dynamics of tiger and leopard use of areas outside protected area boundaries in the Central Terai Landscape; 2) Determine  the  scale  and  nature  of  human-large  carnivore  interactions  in  the  Central Terai Landscape  and  their  bearing  on  community  attitudes  towards  large  carnivores  occurring outside protected areas.
Expected completion: August 2018

PhD candidate, Universidad Nacional del Sur (UNS)
Advisor: Dr. Emma Beatriz Casanave,
Dissertation: Landscape ecology and genetics of puma (Puma concolor) in the Argentine Espinal: analysis of spatial connectivity and gene flow.
Objectives: 1) Determine the level of genetic variability of the population (or meta-population); 2) Estimate the effective population size; 3) Analyze the population genetic structure and characterize gene flow; 4)  Identify the presence of geographic barriers (particularly those with an anthropogenic origin) to dispersion; 5) Analyze landscape connectivity and build a map of resistance/conductance to the gene flow; and 6) Contrast genetic with ecological data to delineate appropriate conservation strategies.
Expected completion: April, 2020.


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