Wildlife Ecology Lab
The Wildlife Ecology Laboratory, located on the West Lafayette Campus in the Forestry Building rooms, houses the following Telemetry and Laboratory equipment: environmental chambers/incubators, a drying oven and a fume hood, 6 Communications Specialist 1000 Radio Telemetry Receivers (148-178 MHz), 2 Wildlife Materials TRX-2000S receivers (150-151 MHz), 1 Biomark handheld PIT tag reader and 1 truck-mounted telemetry system with a 5 element yagi and repeater compass, and 3 trailer-mounted automated telemetry receiving towers, which can be deployed to any landscape to provide continuous, 24 hour monitoring of 100+ radio tagged animals at a temporal resolution of less than 1 minute.
The Wildlife Ecology group, under the direction of Dr. Rob Swihart, provides resources for the investigation of landscape fragmentation on wildlife, population and community ecology of mammals, spatial ecology, plant-herbivore interactions, and wildlife damage management. To address the importance of spatial structure for behavioral and ecological processes affecting the conservation and management of vertebrates, a combination of mathematical, experimental, and comparative approaches are utilized. Ongoing projects include the testing of theoretical metapopulation models using Red flour beetles, investigation of occurrence and abundance of acorn weevils in fragmented forest landscapes and effects of landscape pattern on animal-mediated acorn dispersal and seedling recruitment.