Kaitlyn Gaynor’s seminar entitled “The ecological dynamics of human-wildlife coexistence: Spatial and temporal responses of animals to predation risk and human disturbance” has been postponed until Fall 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check back for updated information.
The global expansion of human activity has had profound consequences for wildlife. Research has documented the effects of widespread habitat destruction and defaunation on species and ecosystems, but the more subtle pathways through which humans alter the natural world have largely escaped quantification. Much like apex predators, humans can instill strong fear in wild animals, which may adjust their activity to avoid contact with humans. In this talk, Dr. Kaitlyn Gaynor will discuss her work on the effects of human activity and predation risk on large mammal activity patterns, applying concepts from behavioral and community ecology to explore the role of humans in novel ecosystems. The talk will include findings from synthetic analyses and case studies from field sites in Mozambique and California. Dr. Gaynor is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara, California.