David S. Green, PhD 2015
In my research I strive to integrate behavioral ecology and conservation biology, specifically how developing a strong exchange can push both fields forward. For my dissertation research, I plan to determine to what extent the spotted hyena can be used as an indicator species for monitoring African ecosystem health. Spotted hyenas are the most abundant large carnivore in sub-Saharan Africa, and occur in virtually every type of ecosystem. Additionally, they can persist in areas characterized by high anthropogenic disturbance, and they can survive on a variety of prey. Because of this plasticity, spotted hyenas can thrive in areas where other species cannot due to their sensitivities to disturbance. By taking cues from the spotted hyena, we may be able to gain a deep understanding of current and future ecosystem health.
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