Daniel                         Blumstein

Daniel Blumstein

Professor and Department Chair

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



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 DT,, "Tactical deception reduces predation on birds' eggs", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109 (47): 19043-4 (2012) .

Blumstein DT,, "Tactical deception reduces predation on birds' eggs", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109 (47): 19043-4 (2012) .

Blumstein DT, Bryant GA, Kaye P,, "The sound of arousal in music is context-dependent", Biology letters, 8 (5): 744-7 (2012) .

Stahlman, W.D., Chan, A.A.Y.-H., Blumstein, D.T., Fast, C.D., and A.P. Blaisdell, "Auditory stimulation dishabituates anti-predator escape behavior in hermit crabs (Coenobita clypeatus)", Behavioural Processes, 88 : 7-11 (2011) .

Monclus, R. and Blumstein, D.T., "Litter sex composition affects life-history traits in yellow-bellied marmots", Journal of Animal Ecology, 88 : - (2011) .

Blumstein, D.T., "Review of Macropods: The biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos", The Quarterly Review of Biology, 86 : 151- (2011) .

Saylan, C. and D.T. Blumstein, D.T., "The failure of environmental education (and how we can fix it)", The Quarterly Review of Biology, Berkeley, CA University of California Press 86 : 1-227 (2011) .

Barrera, J.P., Chong, L., Judy, K.N., and D.T. Blumstein, "Reliability of public information: predators provide more information about risk than conspecifics", Animal Behaviour, 81 : 779-787 (2011) .

Biedenweg, T.A., Parsons, M.H., Fleming, P.A., and D.T. Blumstein, "Sounds scary? Lack of habituation following the presentation of novel sounds", Public Library of Science-One, 6 : -e14549 (2011) .

Blumstein, D.T., Mennill, D.J., Clemins, P., Girod, L., Yao, K., Patricelli, G., Deppe, J.L., Krakhauer, A.H., Clark, C., Cortopassi, K.A., Hanser, S.F., McCowan, B., Ali, A.M., & Kirschel, A.N.G., "Acoustic monitoring in terrestrial environments using microphone arrays: applications, technological considerations, and prospectus", Journal of Applied Ecology, 48 : 758-767 (2011) .


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