Population Estimation And Spatial Ecology
We are part of the Forestry Program at Southern Illinois University. Our research group focuses on applied wildlife conservation and management through the study of distributions and demographics of animal populations and communities. We work across taxa - birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians - on issues related to endangered species recovery, land management practices, and the conservation of biodiversity.
Our lab’s mission is to carry out science that informs responsible management and conservation of natural resources for the benefit of local communities and beyond. We strive to be a supportive, open, and inclusive group of researchers, and are continuously looking for ways to positively impact our community and ecosystems.
Lab members Elaine Metz and Rebecca Ducay received awards for their presentations at the recent Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society in Champaign, Illinois. Elaine won best overall graduate presentation and Rebecca placed second in the poster contest.
Working with NC State University and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, new research article recently published highlighting results from a study on wild turkey gobbling chronology in North Carolina. Check out the open-access article here.
Kelly Crandall, graduate student at SIU and PEASE Lab member, is studying mesopredator movement in the Florida Keys. Recently, an unfortunate ending for an opossum may be a promising path forward for invasive Burmese Pythons in the Keys.
Dr. Brent Pease spoke with WSIU’s Dr. Fred Martino about Biodiversity loss, threats, and recoveries in and around the region. The segment aired on WSIU’s Eye on Education and can be viewed online.
Brent and Lainey are headed to Spokane for The Wildlife Society’s annual conference. Lainey will be presenting a poster Monday evening, 5-6:30pm, on her Master’s research: Large-Scale Nocturnal Bird Monitoring of Two Nightjar Species Using Autonomous Recording Units