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 Kafue National Park. His work will focus on factors that
affect ungulate herd distributions, herd sizes, the rate of contact
among individuals with herds. Wigganson is co-supervised by
Matt Becker of the Zambia Carnivore Programme. He was the
chief veterinary officer for ZAWA, the Zambian Wildlife Authority,
before beginning his PhD.
Eli Rosenblatt (MS): MSU GTA and NSF
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).
Egil Droge (PhD): MUST GTA
and NSF GRA. Egil is examining how the spatial and
temporal distribution of predation risk in Liuwa National Park
affects subordinate carnivore species (wild dogs and cheetahs)
and prey species (wildebeest, zebra and oribi).