Current Graduate Students in the Creel Lab at MSU

Eli Rosenblatt (MS): MSU GTA and NSF GRA.  Eli's project has three main elements.  First, he is examining factors that affect survival rates and population size of leopards and their prey in South Luangwa National Park, using data from a grid of motion sensitive cameras and robust design CMR models.  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).  Last, he is using CMR models to examine the effects of trophy hunting on lion population dynamics in the Luangwa Valley.

Egil Droge (PhD):  MSU 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), with a particular focus on proactive responses to long term variation in risk. The data for his project is unusual because the entire carnivores guild and all of their prey are understudy simultaneously, with unusually powerful data (e.g. more than 500 kills to examine patterns of predation).