October 15 2014

12:00 LSB 2320

Seth Riley
National Park Service Department of Ecology &; Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

Long term studies of wildlife in an urban national park:: lessons and opportunities Long-term Studies of Wildlife in an Urban National Park: Lessons and Opportunities


The mandate of the national park service is to preserve the natural resources of the parks, but there are particular challenges for a park like Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in Los Angeles, one of two megacities (metropolitan areas of 10 million or more) in the US. All of our work on the ecology and conservation of animal populations in the park has a focus of understanding the impacts of urbanization and habitat fragmentation. One of the advantages of doing ecology in a national park is the ability to learn about many different aspects of the natural system, and to do so over many years. We have been studying and monitoring mammalian carnivores, including bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions, for almost 20 years, and aquatic and terrestrial herpetofauna for 15 years. These long-term projects have provided much valuable insight about population dynamics, population genetics, disease dynamics, and the impacts of specific anthropogenic threats such as roads, toxicants, and invasive species. They have also provided the basis for conservation actions, such as increasing connectivity and reintroducing listed species. This long-term work is critical for understanding the ecology of animal populations in complex urban landscapes and for helping to conserve the biodiversity of the park and the region.











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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