Becky Zug

Ph.D. Candidate

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Research

My broad research interest is in large mammal conservation in human-dominated landscapes. My dissertation research focuses on carnivore conservation on private lands in Ecuador, specifically Andean bears, pumas, and small cats. My research seeks long-term solutions to human-wildlife conflicts using non-invasive survey techniques, spatial analysis, and landowner and community-based conservation initiatives. I use camera traps, habitat surveys, and landowner interviews to monitor Andean bears and other wildlife and to detect threats to their conservation. I work closely with a local non-profit (Fundación Cordillera Tropical (link:http://cordilleratropical.org/)) where my research is the scientific component of the Don Oso Program, a holistic, long-term approach to Andean bear conservation.

Education

Ph.D., Environment & Resources            (currently)
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Dissertation: Andean carnivore presence and conservation on private lands in the Ecuadorian Andes
Advisors: Dr. Tim Van Deelen and Dr. David Drake

M.S., Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development (2009)
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Thesis: Individual identification and habitat use of Andean bears on private lands in the Ecuadorian Andes
Advisor: Dr. Adrian Treves

B.F.A., Photography (1998)
Syracuse University, Visual and Performing Arts School

Publications

 Van Horn, R.C., Zug, B., Appleton, R.D., Velez-Liendo, X., Paisley, S. and LaCombe, C. (2015) Relative size and nose color predict age in Andean bears, but their facial markings do not reflect kinship. Accepted by Peer J, June 2015

Van Horn, R.C., Zug, B., LaCombe, C., Velez-Liendo, X. and Paisley, S. (2014) Human visual identification of individual Andean bears Tremarctos ornatus. Wildlife Biology 20:291-299

Schloegel, C., Jones, T., Zug, B., Achig, L. and Treves, A. (2011) Don Oso Program Develops Participatory Monitoring Protocol for Andean Bears in Southern Sangay National Park, Ecuador. International Bear News 20(2): 23-25.

Jones, T., Zug, B. and Treves, A. (2010) Credible Conservation: Using biodiversity monitoring to support incentive programs that protect endangered wildlife. Land Tenure Center: Tenure Brief,13. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison, Wisconsin.

Contact

zug@wisc.edu

Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin – Madison

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