How does disease spread in large predators across an ecosystem? How does the structure of a landscape impact disease spread? And how does wildlife management affect the spread of disease? The FELIDAE (Feline Ecology: Landscapes, Infectious Disease, And Epidemics) research project, funded by the NSF-Ecology of Infectious Diseases Program (NSF-EID 0723676; 1413925), seeks to shed light on these questions. Our mission is to understand the ecology of infectious diseases in wild and domestic felids to inform policies that minimize disease outbreaks in wildlife, domestic animals, and humans.



Remote Camera K-12 Outreach Program

As part of the NSF-EID FELIDAE project and a Monfort Professorship at Colorado State University, Dr. Crooks has helped develop an educational outreach effort to conduct remote camera surveys for wildlife in local Fort Collins natural areas in collaboration with K-12 schools in the Poudre School District. This project is a collaborative effort between Colorado State University, the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Program, The Rocky Mountain Cat Conservancy, The National Parks Service Natural Sounds Lab, and the CSU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

For more information on the remote camera K-12 outreach program, check out the website of our collaborators, the Rocky Mountain Cat Conservancy:


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A team of scientists and educators, working together to understand the effects of noise and light pollution on ecological processes, educate the public about the importance of sound and light in the everyday lives of organisms including ourselves, and preserve the natural sounds and night skies of the world.