Latest Publications

Struebig, M.J., A. Wilting, D. Gaveau, E. Meijaard, R.J. Smith, The Borneo Mammal Distribution Consortium, M. Fischer, K. Metcalfe, and S. Kramer-Schadt. 2015. Targeted conservation safeguards a biodiversity hotspot from climate and land-cover change. Current Biology 25:372-378. Download

Gompper, M.E., J.L. Belant, and R. Kays. 2015. Carnivore coexistence: America's recovery. Science 347:382-383. Download

Bowman, B., J.L. Belant, D.E. Beyer, Jr., D. Martell. 2015. Characterizing non-target species use at bait sites for white-tailed deer. Human-Wildlife Interactions 9:in press.

Wilton, C.M., J. Beringer, B. Gardner, E.E. Puckett, L.S. Eggert, and J.L. Belant. 2014. Trap array configuration influences estimates and precision of black bear density and abundance. PLoS One 9:e111257.

Martin, J.A., C. Marshall, J.L. Belant, S. Cagle, and B.C. West. 2014. Conspecific scent improves capture rates for nine-banded armadillos. Wildlife Biology in Practice 10:149-154.

White, P.A., and J.L. Belant. 2015. Provisioning of game meat to rural communities as a benefit of safari hunting in Zambia. PLoS One 10:in press.

LaPoint, S.D., J.L. Belant, R.W. Kays. 2015. Mesopredator release facilitates range expansion in fisher. Animal Conservation 18:50-61.

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.