I am a Masters student studying black bears in the Appalachian Mountains. My research focuses on Feeding Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, and Hibernation Behavior Ecology.
I work with data collected by video-GPS collars (‘critter cams’) on black bears in Bath County, VA. Go to #bearseyeview for examples of the imagery.
From this video data and GPS data, I hope to better understand bear habitat use behaviors and diet, and general activity, all of which are poorly understood.
I am also analyzing video data of captive female black bears to better understand the hibernation process and how it influences behavior.
for updates on my research!
And click for an extremely groovy BearCam® video!