Amy Mayer is a Research Associate at the University of Rhode Island in the Gerber Applied Quantitative Ecology Lab. From 2015 – 2020 she was the project lead for the bobcat ecology study – a collaborative project between the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Fish and Wildlife Division and the University of Rhode Island (Gerber Applied Quantitative Ecology and Wildlife Genetics and Ecology Labs). This study investigated the spatial ecology and genetics of bobcats in Rhode Island. Bobcats were once rare in the state but appear to be increasing population size – particularly in southern Rhode Island. Amy and other researchers on the project used GPS collars to follow the movements of several male bobcats throughout South County, and deployed trail cameras across the entire state to document occurrences of the species. Some key findings were that bobcats are highly adaptable to living in areas of high human disturbance, and are widely distributed across the state, but are still existing at low densities on the landscape.
This project relied heavily on access to both public and private conservation lands and highlighted the benefits of a strong partnership between land conservation groups and scientific research.
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