I am interested in the community ecology, demography, and management of carnivores, particularly as it relates to a changing climate and environmental perturbations. My master’s research was centered on behavioral interactions between raccoon and coyote, as well as spatial variation in the microbiome of Michigan’s coyotes across the state.
My current Ph.D. research will focus on fishers (Pekania pennanti) in the southern Sierra Nevada. I am investigating the demography. dispersal, and dietary shifts of these populations using a variety of genetic-based kinship and isotopic approaches, among others. Intensive drought has further threatened the already limited numbers of fishers of west coast forests, and I hope that our work will help to better inform future management decisions to preserve these populations.
M.Sc. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology | University of Michigan, 2017
B.A. Biology; Ecology & Conservation Biology | Boston University, 2014
Kuntze, C., Harris, NC. In Review. Raccoons (Procyon lotor) become more crepuscular in response to coyotes (Canis latrans) in northern Michigan. PLoS ONE
Kuntze, C., Colborn, AS., Harris, NC. Manuscript in preparation. Spatial variation in the diet and microbiome of Coyote, Canis latrans, across Michigan.