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Cat Sun

Catherine Sun


Hailing from Delaware, Cat graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2010 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Ecology and Organismic Biology. During her undergraduate career, Cat studied nemertean genomics, assisted in horseshoe crab spawning surveys, and researched the effects of nonnative plants on spider communities. In the summer of 2010, Cat worked as a field research assistant for Delaware State University mist-netting veeries and dissecting their nests for leaf litter decomposition. In her spare time, Cat enjoys watercolors, reading modern philosophy, and adding to her insect collection.

Research Interests

Cat is estimating population abundance of black bears in NY, using non-invasive genetic approaches under the direction of Dr. Angela Fuller and Dr. Matt Hare.

Research Publications

  • Sun, C.C., A.K. Fuller, M.P. Hare, and J. Hurst. 2017. Evaluating population expansion of a black bear population using noninvasive, genetic spatial capture-recapture. Journal of Wildlife Management 81: 814–823. doi:10.1002/jwmg.21248
  • Royle, J.A., R.B. Chandler, C.C. Sun, and A.K. Fuller. 2014. Reply to Efford on Integrating Resource Selection Information with Spatial Capture-Recapture. Methods in Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12205
  • Sun, C. C., A. K. Fuller, and J. A. Royle. 2014. Trap configuration and spacing influences parameter estimates in spatial capture-recapture models. PLoS ONE.9(2):
    e88025. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088025
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 55

Presentations: 87


Contact Information


New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Cornell University
  2. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute