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Large Mammal Spatial Ecology

Movements of 5 polar bears at 2 hour intervals from May through September 2014 north of Alaska in relation to sea ice imagery. See Pagano et al. (2020) for additional details.

An animal’s habitat use determines its energy expenditure, ability to find food, and interactions with conspecifics and predators. My research evaluates the movement patterns and habitat use of large mammals with a particular focus on understanding the impacts of environmental conditions on large mammal movements, behaviors, energetics, and home range size. Such data are important in understanding how these species are likely to respond to a changing environment from climate change and other anthropogenic threats to aid conservation and management decisions.

This research has been in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey, Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Global, University of California Santa Cruz, and Polar Bears International.