Daniel                         Blumstein

Daniel Blumstein

Professor and Department Chair

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

Blumstein, D.T., "A primer of Darwinian Medicine", Review of: Evolution and medicine. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29 : 75-76 (2014) .

Moller, A.P. Samia, D.S.M., Weston, M.A., Guay, P.-J., and D.T. Blumstein, "American exceptionalism: population trends and flight initiation distances in birds from three continents", PLoS-One, 9 (9): - (2014) .

Blumstein, D.T., "Review of: Evolution of Emotional Communication: From Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man", Quarterly Review of Biology, 88 : 342-343 (2014) .

Blumstein, D.T, "Attention, habituation, and antipredator behaviour: implications for urban birds", In: Avian urban ecology (D. Gil and H. Brumm, eds.), Oxford Oxford University Press 88 : 41-53 (2014) .

Blumstein, D. T., "Yellow-bellied marmots: insights from an emergent view of sociality", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B, 368 : - (2014) .

Williams, D.M., Samia, D.S.M., Cooper, W.E. Jr., and D.T. Blumstein, "The flush early and avoid the rush hypothesis holds after accounting for spontaneous behavior", Behavioral Ecology, 25 : 1136-1147 (2014) .

Waser, N.M., Price, M.V., Blumstein, D.T., Arozqueta, S.R., Castro-Escobar, B.D., Pickens, R., and A. Pistoia, "Coyotes, mule deer, and wildflowers: Diverse evidence points to a trophic cascade", Naturweissenshaften, 101 : 427-436 (2014) .

Price, M.V., Strombom, H., and D.T. Blumstein, "Human activity affects the perception of risk by mule deer", Current Zoology, 101 : - (2014) .

Petelle, M.B. and D.T. Blumstein, "A critical evaluation of subjective ratings: unacquainted observers can reliably assess personality", Current Zoology, 60 : 162-169 (2014) .

Monclus, R., von Holst, D., Blumstein, D.T. and H.G. Rodel, "Long-term effects of litter sex ratio on female reproduction in two iteroparous mammals", Functional Ecology, 28 : 954-962 (2014) .