College of Science

Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology

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Principal Investigator

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Dr. Jenny Duggan

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Environmental Science and an affiliate with the Department of Biology and Chemistry.  My training is primarily in the fields of behavioral landscape ecology and mammalogy.  I enjoy conducting research that can inform conservation and management while also testing ecological theory.  I'm also interested in research used to improve science education.

Graduate Students

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Rebecca Roberts

M.S. student comparing wildlife communitites among various types of agricultural ditches.

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Josh Beasley

M.S. student studying the ecology and conservation of herpetofauna in central coastal California.

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Erika Garig

M.S. Student interested in using fuel reduction to benefit the conservation of California wildlife.

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Matt McGee

M.S. student using camera station transects to investigate mesopredator release along urbanization gradients in the Salinas Valley.

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Janette Perez- Jimenez

M.S. student examining responses of bats to removal of invasive vegetation (Arundo donax) along the Salinas River.

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Jess Sutton

M.S. student interested in studying the flora and fauna of California's central coast to aid in conservation efforts. 

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Sam Gautreaux

M.S. student examining the phylogeography of ornate shrews in coastal central California.

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 Duncan Miller

M.S. student monitoring management potential of ruminant grazing on coastal grasslands in central California.

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Monica Sanchez

M.S. student working in water conservation and land management in agricultural areas.

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Bethany Schulze

M.S. student (Co-advised with Dr. Watson) assessing foraging habitat of bats along urbanization gradients.

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Amanda Preece

M.S. student (2020 graduate) investigating factors driving reproductive success of native song birds in urban green spaces.

Undergraduate Students

Carlo Battaglia

Undergraduate researcher (2021) identifying wildlife in photos from camera stations set along urbanization gradients.

Katherine Molinari

Undergraduate researcher (2021) assessing ecosystem services to inform natural resource management in Pacific Grove, CA.

Jessica Whitaker

Undergraduate researcher (2021) assessing ecosystem services to inform natural resource management in Pacific Grove, CA.

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Annabelle McCarthy

UROC researcher (2020-2021) in the LSAMP Rising Researcher Program studying nest success of birds in urban green spaces.

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Hannah Carrell

UROC researcher (2019-2020) examining the relationship between the abundance of acoustic bat calls and insect activity along the Salinas River.

Yimin Gu

UROC researcher (2019) in the Community College Apprentice Research Experience program (CCARE) comparing 3 types of shrew traps.

Thomy Tran

UROC researcher (2019) using hole-board tests to determine if personality characteristics of shrubland small mammals are related to trappability.

Yucheol Shin

UROC researcher (2018 International Student) examining diversity of herpetiles among habitats at the UC Fort Ord Natural Reserve.

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Miya Fukutomi

UROC researcher (2019 graduate) using hole-board tests to determine if personality characteristics of small mammals are related to foraging locations.

Deven Jimenez

UROC researcher (2019 graduate) using radio telemetry to track responses of woodrats to nonconsumptive recreational disturbances at the UC Fort Ord Natural Reserve.

Mei Liu Owens

UROC researcher in the Transfer Student Summer Researcher Program (2018) using radio telemetry to track responses of woodrats to recreational disturbances.

Marinn Browne

UROC researcher (2019 graduate) observing whether California ground squirrel activity differs between locations with and without active pest management.

Isabella Munguia

UROC researcher (2018 graduate) observing if CA ground squirrels vary foraging and vigilance behaviors across an urbanization gradient.

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Rebecca Roberts

UROC researcher (2018 graduate) using hole-board tests to determine if personalities of rodents relate to foraging locations.

Bailey Gastelum

UROC researcher (2018 graduate) assessing wildlife handling experiences preferred for entry-level positions in wildlife biology.

Andrew Caudillo

UROC researcher (2018 graduate) sampling arachnids to compare diversity among habitats at the UC Fort Ord Natural Reserve.

Rubi Rangel

UROC researcher (2018 graduate) observing if California ground squirrel activity between locations with and without active pest management.

Adriane Baade

UROC researcher (2017 graduate) using Giving Up Densities to test if foraging behavior of small mammals varies with distance from canine scent.

Mary Hernandez

UROC researcher (2017 graduate) using hole-board tests to examine personalities of CA ground squirrels along urbanization gradients.

Samantha Gautreaux and Bridget Rittmann (2017-2018)

Undergraduate volunteers

 

 

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Kendall Emerick (2016-2017)

Undergraduate volunteer

Matt Kendall (2017)

Undergraduate volunteer