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Current Graduate Students - David Mallett

David Mallett, M.S. studentDavid Mallett
Advisors: Dan Harrison, Department of Wildlife Ecology & Angela Fuller, New York Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Summer 2008 – Fall 2013
B.S. 2007, Fisheries & Wildlife, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
B.S. 2007, Forestry, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Current Research: My research focuses on determining spatial responses of Canada lynx during a decline in snowshoe hare densities. Snowshoe hares are the dominant prey species of Canada lynx and both species will go through a population cycle in the boreal forest. In Maine, it is unknown if this cycle exists, and if so, how similar it is to the cycle found in the boreal forest. However, hare densities have been monitored in northern Maine since 2001 and there is currently a significant decline in hare density. I will focus specifically at how habitat choices, territory, and reproduction are influenced by a decline in hare density by researching ecological responses of lynx that include habitat selection, habitat composition of home ranges, home range size, home range overlap, and recruitment. Comparisons will be made of these responses between a high period of hare density to a period of declining hare density. Additionally, another aspect of my research includes determining how the spatial arrangement or patchiness of conifer stems within stands, with a known timber harvest history, influence hare densities. Conifer stem density has been found to be a key vegetation characteristic in determining hare density, but it is unknown how this distribution of conifer stems will influence the distribution of hares within stands.

Previous Research: At the University of Missouri I worked as an undergraduate TA for a Dendrology course for two semesters and worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Rifle, CO for one summer as part of a timber cruising crew. After graduation I spent one month at the Pinon Canyon Maneuvering Site in southeastern CO as part of a antelope fawn capture crew. This was part of a coyote sterilization study based out of Utah State University. For the next six months I worked as a radio telemetry technician in Custer State Park, SD where I tracked antelope and bison. Before arriving at the University of Maine I spent time in Grand Teton National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming working on a moose browse study.

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