Current Graduate Students in the Creel Lab at
Wigganson Matandiko (PhD): Fulbright
Fellow and NSF GRA. Wigganson will examine interactions between
predators and prey in three Zambian National
Parks, especially Kafue National Park. His work will focus on
factors that affect ungulate herd sizes, the rate of contact among
individuals with herds, and seroprevalence for several
diseases. Wigganson is co-supervised by Matt Becker of the
Carnivore Programme. He was the chief veterinary officer for
ZAWA, the Zambian Wildlife Authority, before beginning his PhD.
Angela Brennan (PhD): NSF GRA and Fulbright Fellow.
Angela, co-advised by Dr. Paul Cross of
USGS, is developing a project to examine the ecology and
of brucellosis in elk on Wyoming
feedgrounds and the Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Her main project examines the factors that affect the size and
spatial distribution of elk herds, and the relationship between
these variables and changes in the seroprevalence of Brucella.
Because predation risk and snow conditions are two of the factors
that affect the distribution and aggregation of elk, she has also
published research on methods to detect wolves over large areas
(howlboxes) and the consequences of modelling the distibution of
snow rather than measuring it directly.
Jassiel M'Soka (MS): Wildlife
Conservation Network Scholarship and NSF GRA. Jassiel is
examining the demography and ecology of spotted hyenas in an
ecosystem with very low density of their strong competitor the
lion. His field work is in Liuwa Plain National Park, where he
is also involved in a study of the migratory wildebeest
population. Jassiel is co-supervised by Matt Becker of the
Carnivore Programme, and was an ecologist for the Zambian Wildlife
Authority prior to beginning his graduate work.
Eli Rosenblatt (MS): MSU GTA and WWF
GRA. Eli's project has two main elements. First, he
is conducting a survey of population size and occupancy patterns
of leopards and their prey in South Luangwa National Park, using
data from a grid of motion sensitive cameras. Second, he
is developing a new method to estimate population size through
pedigree reconstruction, conducting simulations to validate the
method, and applying it to the lion population of South Luangwa
with SNP genotypes (in collaboration with Goran Spong of the
Univeristy of Umea).