Partner Institute: Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE) and Inland Norway University
Start and end of PhD project: 04/08/2015
Supervisors: Dr Abi T. Vanak (ATREE) and Dr. Morten Odden (INN)
PhD title: Movement strategies among sympatric mesocarnivores in human-dominated landscapes
Description of PhD research:
Several mesocarnivore species exist in human-modified landscapes and often depend on human derived materials as a part of their diet. However, we lack an understanding of the behavioural strategies that permit effective commensalism and ecological conditions that permit coexistence in fragmented human-modified landscapes. Such landscapes experience seasonal variations in land use types, which lead to dynamic changes in the energy available for use by the mesocarnivores.
I am currently in the early stage of undertaking this research, where I am using the movement ecology framework to understand how mesocarnivore species survive in human-dominated landscapes. I am also looking at co-existence and competition strategies between mesocarnivore species.