Stephen Harrison

Stephen Harrison

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Animal and Equine

Role

Stephen Harrison is the Module Leader for:

  • MSc Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation (Conservation Genetics)
  • BSc (Hons) Animal / Zoo Biology (Biological Basis of Behaviour, Animal / Zoo Animal Health and Disease)
  • FdSc Animal Science (Fundamentals of Animal Biology).

Career overview

Stephen previously worked as a Wildlife Biologist at California State University Stanislaus, on the Endangered Species Recovery Programme.

Research areas

Areas of research interest include:

  • MHC Diversity in wild canids.
  • Identifying sources of spatial overlap between urban carnivores: implications for endangered San Joaquin Kit Foxes (Vulpes macrotis mutica).
  • Development of novel system for the capture and immobilization of striped skunks.
  • Evaluating the impacts of median-divided highways on the movements of endangered San Joaquin kit fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica).
  • Enhancement of satellite and linkage habitats to promote survival, movement and colonization by San Joaquin Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica).
  • Monitoring of flea build up in San Joaquin Kit Fox natal dens (Vulpes macrotis mutica).
  • Comparison of dietary preferences for six sub-species of endangered Channel Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis).
  • Analysis of dietary preferences for urban and exurban populations of endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica).
  • Evaluation of dietary overlap in three species of sympatric carnivores, Red Fox, (Vulpes vulpes), Coyote (Canis latrans) and San Joaquin Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica).
  • Detection single nucleotide polymorphisms in Androgen Receptor Genes of cancer patients.
  • The molecular systematics of Lamnid sharks: Using mitochondrial and nuclear markers to infer intra-familial relationships between the Great White Shark, (Carcharodon carcharias) and its kin.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

Sponsors and collaborators

Recent research has been conducted with the funding of the European Commission, Research Executive Agency ( Marie Curie FP7 Reintegration Fellowship).

Publications

Journal Articles:

The influence of large predators on the feeding ecology of two African mesocarnivores: the black-backed jackal and the brown hyaena. Yarnell RW, Phipps WL, Burgess LP, Ellis JA, Harrison SWR, Dell S, Mactavish D, Mactavish LM and Scott DM, South African Journal of Wildlife Research, 2013, 43 (2), 155-166

Resource use 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.

Government Reports:

Enhancement of satellite and linkage habitats to promote survival, movement and colonization by San Joaquin Kit Foxes, final report.  Harrison SWR and Cypher BL, United States Bureau of Reclamation, 2009

Do highways impede the movements of endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis mutica), interim report. Harrison SWR , Cypher BL and Van Horn Job C, California Department of Transport, 2009

Publications (Illustrator):

Urban road and the endangered San Joaquin Kit Fox final report.  Bjurlin CD, Cypher BL, Wingert CM, Van Horn Job CL, California Department of Transport, 2005, pages 39,40 and 42.

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.

A theft resistant adjustable security box for digital cameras.  Fiehler CM, Cypher BL, Bremner-Harrison S and Pounds D, Journal of Wildlife Management, 2007, 71 (6) 2077-2080.

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, 43, 56-62.

Non- invasive survey methods for carnivores.  Long RA, McKay P, Ray JC, Zielinski WJ, 2008, Island Press, ISBN: 1597261203.

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Press expertise

  • Animal / wildlife disease
  • Falconry
  • Wildlife generally, but specifically canids, sharks and elephants