Latest Publications

Wong, S.T., J.L. Belant, R. Sollmann, A. Mohamed, J. Niedballa, J. Mathai, G.M. Street, J. Kissing, S. Mannan, A. Wilting. 2018. Habitat associations of the Sunda stink-badger Mydaus javanensis in three forest reserves in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Mammalian Biology 88:75-80.

Tucker, M.A., K. Böhning-Gaese, W.F. Fagan, J.M. Fryxell, B. Van Moorter, S.C. Alberts, A.H. Ali, A.M. Allen, N. Attias, T. Avgar, H. Bartlam-Brooks, B. Bayarbaatar, J.L. Belant, A. Bertassoni, D. Beyer, L. Bidner, F.M. van Beest, S. Blake, N. Blaum, C. Bracis, D. Brown, PJN. de Bruyn, F. Cagnacci, J.M. Calabrese, C. Camilo-Alves, S. Chamaillé-Jammes, A. Chiaradia, S.C. Davidson, T. Dennis, S. DeStefano, D. Diefenbach, I. Douglas-Hamilton, J. Fennessy, C. Fichtel, W. Fiedler, C. Fischer, I. Fischhoff, C.H. Fleming, A. Ford, S. Fritz, B. Gehr, J.R. Goheen, E. Gurarie, M. Hebblewhite, M. Heurich, A.J.M. Hewison, C. Hof, E. Hurme, L.A. Isbell, R. Janssen, F. Jeltsch, P. Kaczensky, A. Kane, P. Kappeler, M. Kauffman, R. Kays, D. Kimuyu, F. Koch, B. Kranstauber, S. LaPoint, P. Leimgruber, J.D.C. Linnell, P. López-López, A.C. Markham, J. Mattisson, E.P. Medici, U. Mellone, E. Merrill, G. de Miranda Mourão, R.G. Morato, N. Morellet, T. Morrison, S.L. Díaz-Muãoz, A. Mysterud, D. Nandintsetseg, R. Nathan, A. Niamir, J. Odden, R.B. O'Hara, L.G.R. Oliveira-Santos, K.A. Olson, B.D. Patterson, R. Cunha de Paula, L. Pedrotti, M. Rimmler, T.L. Rogers, C.M. Rolandsen, C.S. Rosenberry, D.I. Rubenstein, K. Safi, S. Saïd, N. Sapir, H. Sawyer, N.M. Schmidt, N. Selva, A. Sergiel, E. Shiilegdamba, J.P. Silva, N. Singh, E.J. Solberg, O. Spiegel, O. Strand, S. Sundaresan, W. Ullmann, U. Voigt, J. Wall, D. Wattles, M. Wikelski, C.C. Wilmers, J.W. Wilson, G. Wittemyer, F. Zieba, T. Zwijacz-Kozica, T. Mueller. 2018. Moving in the Anthropocene: global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements. Science 359:466-469.

Mangipane, L.A., J.L Belant, D.J.R. Lafferty, D.D. Gustine, T.L. Hiller, M.E. Colvin, B.A. Mangipane, G.V. Hilderbrand. 2018. Dietary plasticity in a nutrient-rich system does not influence brown bear body condition or denning. Polar Biology.

Kristenson, T. V., E. E. Puckett, E. L. Landguth, J. L. Belant, J. T. Hast, C. Carpenter, J. L. Sajeck, J. Beringer, M. Means, J. J. Cox, L. S. Eggert, D. White Jr., K. G. Smith. 2018. Plasticity of dispersal in black bears (Ursus americanus) in two ecosystems characterized by recent population expansion. Heredity.

Iglay, R. B., K. B. Schwarz, J. L. Belant, J. A. Martin, G. Wang, T. L. DeVault. 2018. Large mammal use of semi-natural grasslands and implications for aviation strike risk. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management.

Hill, J.E., T.L. DeVault, J.C. Beasley, O.E. Rhodes, Jr., J.L. Belant. 2018. Effects of vulture exclusion on carrion consumption by facultative scavengers. Ecology and Evolution. Download

Hilderbrand, G.V., D.D. Gustine, B. Mangipane, K. Joly, W. Leacock, L. Stutzman, J. Erlenbach, M.S. Sorum, M.D. Cameron, J.L. Belant, T. Cambier. 2018. Phenotypic plasticity across and within brown bear populations in diverse Alaskan ecosystems: implications for adaptability and resiliency. Journal of Zoology.

About the Lab

The Carnivore Ecology Laboratory (CEL) at Mississippi State University (MSU) seeks to improve understanding of all aspects of carnivore ecology and management through theoretical and applied research. Consistent with the mission of a Land Grant university, we emphasize contemporary problems facing resource management agencies, private landowners, and society at large. Specifically, the mission of the CEL is to conduct scientifically-based research that provides insights into carnivore ecology, conservation, and management to help natural resource agencies, organizations, and the public:

  • Understand the biology and ecological roles of carnivores to ensure their long-term conservation
  • Integrate carnivore ecology information into decision-making processes,
  • Effectively manage carnivore-human interactions to facilitate coexistence,
  • Train future professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective managers, conservationists, and scientists.

The CEL is a team of faculty, staff, and students with interests and expertise in carnivore ecology, predator-prey relationships, and carnivore-human conflict. The research program is supported through contracts and grants of state and federal agencies and non-governmental and private organizations. Facilities include a 2,600 m2 captive carnivore unit and laboratories which allow the conduct of controlled, replicated research on various carnivore species. The lab is further supported through working-relationships with the Human Dimensions Laboratory and the GIS/GAP Laboratory in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State, and the Wildlife Stress Physiology Lab at the University of Missouri-Columbia.