August 26, 2012

Ecologist to talk about coyotes at Paul Smith's


---- — PAUL SMITHS — A behavioral ecologist will kick off the fall 2012 Fisheries and Wildlife Science Seminar series at Paul Smith’s College with a talk about “Suburban Coyote Syndrome.”

Professor Dan Bogan will discuss his recent doctoral work at Cornell University, where he studied coyotes and their interactions with humans.

Bogan also studied spatial ecology and survivorship of coyotes and other carnivores such as fishers while working toward his master’s degree at SUNY Albany. He is a 1996 graduate of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a frequent visitor of the Adirondacks.

He is currently teaching courses in the School of Natural Resources Management and Ecology at Paul Smith’s College while filling in for professor Celia Evans, who will be in Siberia on a Fulbright Fellowship this fall.

The talk will take place from 10:10 to 11:05 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, in the Freer Auditorium.

Two more Fisheries and Wildlife Science Seminars will follow this fall.

On Friday, Oct. 12, Ray Rainbolt, a civilian employee for the Department of Defense at Fort Drum, will discuss his experience managing habitat for a variety of species, including black bear, and endangered species such as Indiana bats. He’ll also discuss managing game species for hunting by Army personnel at Fort Drum.

And on Friday, Nov. 2, Hugh Robinson will talk about his work with mountain lions in Montana. Since 1996, he has been involved in cougar research in British Columbia, Washington, Montana and the mountain national parks of Canada, which has helped shape their wildlife management policies.

Both talks will take place from 10:10 to 11:05 a.m. in the Freer Auditorium.

All Fisheries and Wildlife Seminars are free and open to the public.

For the past six years, Paul Smith’s College has hosted a different professional fisheries and wildlife biologist each month as part of the series, which is sponsored by the Fisheries and Wildlife Science program.