Dr Samantha Bremner-Harrison is the Programme Leader for the MSc / MRes Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation postgraduate degree. She teaches on the following modules:
- Species Recovery: Theories, Methods and Techniques
- Captive Breeding and Husbandry
- Conservation Genetics
- Animal Studies Project
- Applied Behaviour
- Environmental Enrichment
- Wildlife and Zoo Management
Areas of research include individual behavioural variation in a variety of species and the application of behavioural variation to conservation.
- Behaviour and conservation: application of population / individual level variation in behaviour to improve conservation strategies. 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: Investigating population-level and localised responses to environmental selection pressures.
Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD may exist in all the areas identified above. Further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.
- Member of IUCN: Reintroduction Specialist Group
- Member of the International Society for Applied Ethology
- Member of the Kit Fox Subteam of the San Joaquin Valley Recovery Team
- Member of the Integrated Island Fox Recovery Team
- Member of the Animal Behavior Society
- Member of the Association of the Study of Animal Behaviour
- Member of the Mammal Society
- Reviewer for Journal of Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology, Zoological Studies, Behavioral Ecology, Acta Theologica, Animal Conservation, Zoo Biology
Sponsors and collaborators
Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and / or support of:
- Central Valley Project Conservation Program
- US Bureau of Reclamation
- US Fish and Wildlife Service
- California State University, Stanislaus Endangered Species Recovery Program
- Mauritius Wildlife Foundation
- National Parks and Conservation Service (Mauritius)
- Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
- Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo
University collaborations: Imperial College London; University of Nottingham.
An investigation into the effect of individual personality on re-introduction success, examples from three North American fox species: swift fox, California Channel Island fox and San Joaquin kit fox. Bremner-Harrison S, Cypher BL, and Harrison SWR, in Soorae PS (ed.) Global Re-introduction Perspectives: 2013. More case studies from around the globe, Gland, Switzerland: IUCN/SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group and Abu Dhabi, UAE: Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
Resource use overlap between urban carnivores: Implications for endangered San Joaquin kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis mutica). Harrison S, WR, Cypher BL, Bremner-Harrison S and Van Horn Job C. Urban Ecosystems, 2011, 14 (2), 303-311
Reintroducing San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica) to vacant or restored lands: identifying optimal source populations and candidate foxes. Bremner-Harrison S and Cypher BL, Central Valley Project Conservation Program, 2011, p8
Changes in kit fox defecation patterns during the reproductive season: Implications for noninvasive Surveys. Ralls K, Sharma S, Smith DA, Bremner-Harrison S, Cypher BL and Maldonado JE, Journal of Wildlife Management, 2010, 74 (7), 1457 – 1462See all of Samantha Bremner-Harrison's publications...
- Animal behaviour
- Animal personality
- Species conservation