Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence
We have formed an interdisciplinary team of social and ecological scientists at CSU, with the goal of establishing a formal Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence (CHCC) housed at the University. Our mission is to understand and facilitate coexistence between humans and carnivores globally by applying socio-ecological science to practice. Our vision is simple: a world where wild carnivores can coexist with humans.
Our team has developed projects in a variety of systems where human-carnivore coexistence is proving difficult and there is substantial need for more integrated efforts. For example, we have engaged with growing conflicts with urban carnivores such as black bears, coyotes, and mountain lions; the Mexican wolf recovery program; polar bears and their interactions with oil and gas development; and the complex and controversial effort to restore gray wolves to Colorado. We will use these systems to help define the roots of potential conflicts and develop solutions to facilitate coexistence. These projects will propel our group, and CSU, as a center of innovation in stakeholder engagement, conflict resolution, and human-carnivore coexistence globally.
The FELIDAE Project
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:
Sound and Light Ecology Team
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.