Latest Publications

Al-Warid, H.S., J. Beringer, T.L. Hiller, J.L. Belant and M.E. Gompper. 2017. Community composition of Ixodid ticks parasitizing American black bears in Missouri, USA. Ursus 27:61-66. Download

Iglay, R. B., B. N. Buckingham, T. W. Seamans, J. A. Martin, B. F. Blackwell, J. L. Belant, and T. L. DeVault. 2017. Bird use of grain fields and implications for habitat management at airports. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment.

Hiller,T.L., J. Beringer, and J.L. Belant. 2017. Shape complexity of space used by American black bears influenced by sex and intensity of use. Basic and Applied Ecology 18:67-74. Download

Duquette, J.F., J.L. Belant, C.M. Wilton, N. Fowler, B.W. Waller, D.E. Beyer, Jr., N.J. Svoboda, S.L. Simek, J. Beringer. 2017. Black bear functional resource selection relative to intraspecific competition and human risk. Canadian Journal of Zoology 95:203-212. Download

Conkling, T.J., J.L. Belant, T.L. DeVault, and J.A. Martin. 2017. Effects of crop type and harvest on nest survival and productivity of dickcissels in semi-natural grasslands. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Environment 240:224-232. Download

Belant, J.L., F. Bled, S. Mwampeta, I.J. Mkasanga, C.M. Wilton, and R. Fyumagwa. 2017. Temporal and spatial variation of broadcasted vocalizations does not reduce lion Panthera leo habituation. Wildlife Biology.

Strickland, B.A., F.J. Vilella, and J.L. Belant. 2016. Scale-dependent habitat selection and size-based dominance in adult male American alligators. Plos One 11:e0161814. Download


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.