|16:30||Auriel M.V. Fournier|
|Mississippi State University|
|Elusive migration: The migration ecology of rails|
Rails are among the least studied birds in North America, as their elusive behavior and cryptic coloration make them difficult to detect and study. Auriel will share what she has learned about rail ecology and their migration, as well as a previously undocumented behaviors.
|University of Alabama|
|Coauthor: Paige F. B. Ferguson|
|Development and shrubland birds: opportunity or catastrophe?|
Can low-density development create habitat for shrubland birds? We did point counts in urbanizing landscapes and modeled occupancy relative to land-cover covariates. We conclude that there are three responses: 1) active selection for developed areas, 2) marginal benefit from the landscape disturbance associated with development, and 3) avoidance.
|17:00||Kathleen E. Farley|
|@Rutgers_Newark / @NJIT|
|Coauthors: Claus Holzapfel, @Tafelente, @Rutgers_Newark|
|Winging it: American woodcock expand habitat preferences|
WoodcockwatchNJ investigates how American Woodcock use post-industrial habitat for courtship and breeding in urban NJ. 2016 Pilot study shows AWMO use both post-industrial and non-industrial early successional habitat. 30 sites observed from March-May. AMWO are an important species showing whether many other species will thrive on site.
|Rutgers-Newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology|
|Coauthors: Lisa O’Bryan (@Project_Grunt); Maggie Wisniewska; Gareth Russell (all New Jersey Institute of Technology); Guy Cowlishaw (The Zoological Society of London); Andrew King ( @SHOALgroup; Swansea University); Simon Garnier (@sjmgarnier; New Jersey Institute of Technology)|
|Follow me: Leadership in a domestic ungulate herd|
While despotic decision-making is widespread in group-living social vertebrates, the presence of multiple competing leaders has the potential to reduce group cohesion if leaders are not in agreement. We aim to determine how leadership agreement influences the foraging efficiency and cohesiveness of a herd of domestic sheep (Ovis aries) in Namibia.
|UT San Antonio|
|The new genus Paragalago suggests convergent dwarfism in the family Galagidae|
Based on molecular phylogenetics, biogeography, morphology and bioacoustics, the dwarf galagos in Eastern Africa require to be placed in a new genus, Paragalago. There is evidence of convergent body size reduction within the Galagidae. Parallelism with the lemurs might be related to adaptation to environmental unpredictability in Mid-Late Miocene.
|University of Saskatchewan – Department of Biology|
|Movement drivers of polar bears in Wapusk National Park|
Finding what is causing polar bears to move through certain areas in WNP will provide officials/wildlife managers info re: how best to avoid bear-human conflicts. Sea ice is changing rapidly due to warming, and bears are forced onto land, increasing potential for conflict. We use cameras to track movement and drivers of movement throughout WNP.
|18:00||Jessica A. Haines|
|University of Alberta|
|Coauthors: David W. Coltman (@dave_coltman; University of Alberta); Ben Dantzer (@ben_dantzer; University of Michigan); Jamieson C. Gorrell (Vancouver Island University); Murray M. Humphries (McGill University; Jeffrey E. Lane (@VarmintLab; University of Saskatchewan); Andrew G. McAdam (@McAdam_lab; University of Guelph); Stan Boutin (@Wild49Eco; University of Alberta)|
|Infanticide by male red squirrels|
Infanticide is when immature animals are killed by adults of their species. In my talk, I will present evidence of infanticide by male North American red squirrels, and I will discuss why I think they are committing infanticide.
|18:15||Alexandra C. Sheldon|
|Primate Behavior and Ecology Program, University of Central Washington|
|Coauthors: Gabriella Skollar, Gibbon Conservation Center; Dr. Lori Sheeran, Primate Behavior and Ecology Program, Central Washington University|
|Growing up gibbon: Life inside the gibbon family group|
I studied the behavior and proximity of five groups of four species of gibbons at the Gibbon Conservation Center (CA, USA) to get a better idea of Hylobatidae family life and found that juveniles play the most and groom the least, subadults distance themselves from their group most and adults adjust their behavior depending on who they’re with.