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Behavioural Profiling for Species Reintroduction Strategies

Unit(s) of assessment: Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology

Research theme: Sustainable Futures

School: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences


Individual behavioural variation in a variety of species is investigated and applied to inform conservation strategies, in particular to optimise re-introduction success. Study species include swift fox, California Channel Island fox, San Joaquin kit fox, Telfair's skinks and wood mice. Behavioural variation in response to environmental selection pressures includes investigating population-level and localised responses to environmental selection pressures.


Identifying sources of spatial overlap between urban carnivores: implications for endangered San Joaquin Kit Foxes (Vulpes macrotis mutica). Harrison SWR, Cypher BL, Bremner-Harrison S, Van Horn Job C, Urban Ecosystems, 2011, 14 (2), 303-311.

A novel system for the capture and immobilization of striped skunks. Harrison SWR, Cypher BL and Brown AD, Transaction of the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, 2007, 46, 56-62.

Development of a single-sampling non-invasive hair snare. Bremner-Harrison S, Harrison SWR, Cypher BL, Murdoch JD, Maldonado JE and Darden SK, Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2006, 34, 456-461.

Possible control of introduced giant African land snails (Achatina spp.) by the reintroduced endemic skink Leiolopisma telfairii, Ile aux Aigrettes, Mauritius. Copsey J, Shelbourne G, Grice R, Goder M, Buckland S, Jhumka Z, Nundlaul V, Jones C. & Cole N, Management of Biological Invasions, 2011, 2.