The Bears Are Back: Research, Results and Ruminations About Connecticut's Bears
If you've been following the news for the past few years, you know that black bears have returned to Connecticut. Given this fact, it is important to understand how these animals respond to different levels of developed landscapes. In order to evaluate the factors that govern bear activity, resource use, and movement across the landscape, UConn grad student Mike Evans has conducted research on three facets of bear ecology - population density, dispersal patterns, and resource selection. Mike and his colleagues at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Wildlife Division have produced the first robust estimate of the size and distribution of Connecticut’s black bear population. This webinar will present these findings and provide perspective on how such information can be used to inform proactive bear management and predict future interaction between bear and human populations. It will conclude with a tour of the new interactive online Story Map that enables the user to explore some of the bear data on their own.
Running Time: 01:03:56
Michael Evans, Graduate Student, Departement of Natural Resources and the Environment
Mike Evans is a PhD student in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. His interest and research are focused on better understanding wildlife ecology and human-wildlife dynamics. His dissertation research at UConn concentrates on understanding the effects of human density on black bear population ecology in Connecticut. Mike hopes his research findings can be used to inform proactive bear management and predict future interaction between growing bear and human populations.
Cary Chadwick, Geospatial Training Program Coordinator, UConn CLEAR
Cary Chadwick is the Geospatial Training program coordinator at CLEAR. As a geospatial educator, her role is to contribute to the hands-on technical training classes offered by the program on the use of geographic information systems and global positioning systems. Cary is also actively involved in a number of collaborative research projects at CLEAR. Cary is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. She also holds a M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of New Haven.