Lindsey Rich

My research focuses on addressing conservation or management challenges at the population, community, and landscape levels. Specifically, I collect wildlife data using an array of field techniques (e.g., public surveys, camera traps, radiotelemetry) and employ novel, quantitative approaches to assess this data and address questions pertaining to population dynamics and community ecology. For my M.S. research, I worked closely with the state agency to develop an occupancy model, using information from annual surveys of >50,000 deer and elk hunters, that estimated statewide distributions of wolf packs in Montana. My doctoral research expanded to a multispecies approach where I employed a large scale camera trapping survey and advanced analytical techniques to evaluate the densities, distributions, and ecology of wildlife communities in northern Botswana. Currently, I am co-advised by Steve Beissinger and Justin Brashares and work in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. My postdoctoral research is focused on 1) estimating and evaluating the distributions of mammals, birds, and bats in the Great Valley and Mojave Desert ecoregions of California and 2) developing recommendations for a statewide biodiversity monitoring approach.

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