Latest Publications

Mangipane, L. A., J. L. Belant, T. L. Hiller, M. E. Colvin, D. D. Gustine, B. A. Mangipane, G. V. Hilderbrand. 2017. Influences of landscape heterogeneity on home-range sizes of brown bears in a salmon subsidized system. Mammalian Biology. Download

Sharma, H.P., J. L. Belant, P. L. Shaner. 2017. Attitudes towards conservation of the Endangered red panda Ailurus fulgens in Nepal: a case study in protected and non-protected areas. Oryx. Download

Mathai, J., R. Sollmann, M.E. Meredith, J.L. Belant, J. Niedballa, L. Buckingham, S.T. Wong, S. Asad, A. Wilting. 2017. Fine-scale distributions of carnivores in a logging concession in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Mammalian Biology 86:56-65. Download

Iglay, R. B., K. B. Schwarz, J. L. Belant, J. A. Martin, G. Wang, and T. L. DeVault. 2017. Large mammal use of semi-natural grasslands and implications for aviation strike risk. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management.

Gantchoff, M.G. and J.L. Belant. 2017. Regional connectivity for recolonizing American black bears (Ursus americanus) in southcentral USA. Biological Conservation 214:66-75. Download

Bled, F., J.L. Belant, L.J. Van Daele, N. Svoboda, D. Gustine, G. Hilderbrand, V.G. Barnes, Jr. 2017. Using multiple data types and integrated population models to improve our knowledge of apex predator population dynamics. Ecology and Evolution.

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

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.