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Population Status of Carnivores


August 2011 - August 2016


This project will develop models to evaluate population status of select carnivore species, using spatial capture-recapture methods.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Sutherland, C., A. K. Fuller, and J.A. Royle. 2014. Modeling non-Euclidean movement and landscape connectivity in highly structured ecological networks. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6: 169–177. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12316 Abstract | 
  • Fuller, A.K., C.S. Sutherland, J.A. Royle, and M.P. Hare. 2016. Estimating population density and connectivity of American mink using spatial capture-recapture. Ecological Applications.


  • Sutherland, C. S., J. A. Royle, and A. K. Fuller. Using stream distance to estimate connectivity, movement and density of American mink in a river network using spatial capture-recapture models. The Wildlife Society 20th Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI. 9 October, 2013.
  • Sutherland, C., A. K. Fuller, and J. A. Royle. Measuring non-Euclidean movement patterns in structured habitat networks using spatial capture-recapture models. International Statistical Ecology Conference 2014, Montpellier, France. 4 July, 2014.
  • Sutherland, C., A.K. Fuller, and J.A. Royle. The importance of accounting for biologically realistic movements patterns for abundance estimates using spatial capture-recapture. New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Coordinating Committee Meeting. September 16, 2014.
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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: 84



Funding Agencies

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


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