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Mission: Ecological and systematic investigations in biological diversity for wildlife and ecosystem conservation

Programs: British virgin islands ecosystem study and conservation. We are in our 33rd year of this project. It includes island inventories of animal and plant species, population assessments, especially of rare species, description of new species discovered, restoration of extirpated populations, and publication in scientific media of the results.

china ecosystem study, conservation and animal systematics. We concentrate on islands in the south china sea and insular habitats like mountains and caverns on the mainland. We find ne species,previously unknown populations, and new distributional data for known species. We concentrate on inscets, reptiles, fishes, and birds, as well as threatened plants and forest ecosystems. In 2009 we published a major peer reviewed inventory of reptiles and amphibians of dinhushan, china's oldest nature reserve, and a genetic evaluation of fishes from different south china river systems, among other things.

biodiversitywe investigate biologically little-known sites and ecological hot spots in the usa and abroad to discover new species and populations of rare species and document animal behaviors, population changes, and detection techniques. We publish our results in the scientific media.

narragansett bay coyote study - since 2004 we have been working on factors effecting the apparent growth of the coyote population on aquidneck and conanicut islands. Since food has been linked to coyote fecundity we are examining food resource use using gps collars. The collars allow us to identify important foods for coyotes, and we have found that coyotes are heavily subsidized by anthropogenic resources. We are using this information and other behavioral and habitat-use data to understand the role of the coyote in or local environment and communities. We are working with towns to draft sustainable management and coexistence strategies.

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