Daniel                         Blumstein

Daniel Blumstein


email:   marmots@ucla.edu
phone:  310-267-4746
fax:  (310) 206-3987
office:  LSB 4808

Recent Courses

EE BIOL 124 - Field Ecology
EE BIOL 126 - Behavioral Ecology
EE BIOL 193 - Journal Club Seminars: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in the evolution of social and antipredator behavior and the ramifications mechanisms of behavior have for higher level ecological processes and for wildlife conservation. I have spent over a decade studying the evolution of complex communication and sociality and used the 14 species of marmots (Marmota-cat-sized sciurid rodents found throughout the northern hemisphere) as a model system.

Much of my marmot work now focuses on the yellow-bellied marmots of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (www.rmbl.org) which have been studied continuously since 1962.

A main theme in my research is integrating knowledge of animal behavior into conservation biology. Ultimately, I aim to illustrate, through examples, how knowledge of behavior should influence policy.

In addition to my more theoretical work, I've been actively engaged in using ecotourism as a form of community development and as a way to conserve natural resources. My theoretical research interests are particularly relevant to the applied work because ecotourism can adversely impact wildlife. Ultimately, it is the wildlife's perception of human impacts that matters.

Selected Publications

Snijders, L., Blumstein, D.T., Stanley, C.R., and D.W. Franks, "Animal social network theory can help wildlife conservation", Trends in Ecology and Evolution, - (2017) .

Blumstein, D.T., "Groundhog Day is so silly. But as a groundhog scientist, I love it anyway", Washington Post, - (2017) [link].

Blumstein, D.T., "Skiing for science", Science, 356 : 214- (2017) .

Blumstein, D.T., "Research credibility: the devil is in the details: a comment on Ihle et al", Behavioral Ecology, 28 : 355- (2017) .

Blumstein, D.T., "Review of: Mammal societies", Journal of Wildlife Management, 81 : 356- (2017) .

Blumstein, D.T., "A triumph of multiple hypothesis testing. Review of: Zebra stripes", Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32 : 399-400 (2017) .

Blumstein, D.T., "Review of: How to tame a fox (and build a dog)", Quarterly Review of Biology, 32 : - (2017) .

Blumstein, D.T., "Review of: Handbook of the mammals of the world. Vol. 6. Lagomorphs and rodents 1", Quarterly Review of Biology, 32 : - (2017) .

Samia, D.S.M., Angeloni, L.M., Bearzi, M., Bessa, E., Crooks, K.R., D'Amico, M., Ellenberg, U., Geffroy, B., Larson, C.L., Loyola, R., Moller, A.P., Reed, S.E., Sadoul, B., Shannon, G., Tablado, Z., Zacarias, D., and D.T. Blumstein, "Best practices towards sustainable ecotourism", In: Ecotourism's promise and peril: a biological evaluation, D.T. Blumstein, B. Geffroy, D.S.M. Samia, and E. Bessa eds(Eds.), Springer 32 : - (2017) .

Blumstein, D.T., Geffroy, B., Samia, D.S.M., and E. Bessa., "Creating a research-based agenda to reduce ecotourism impacts on wildlife", In: Ecotourism's promise and peril: a biological evaluation, D.T. Blumstein, B. Geffroy, D.S.M. Samia, and E. Bessa eds.(Eds.), Springer 32 : - (2017) .