Olinguitos and Camera Traps
The Mammal Unit studies a diverse array of questions about ecology, evolution, and conservation of animals in North Carolina, and around the world. This work includes traditional collections-based research such as Benjamin Hess's work on shrew morphology and genetics, Lisa Gatens' research on bat distributions, and Roland Kays' studies of coyotes and olinguitos. We have an extensive research program using camera traps and animal tracking to investigate questions about spatial ecology and factors that affect animal abundance. We engage in substantial camera trap surveys including Arielle Parsons' work with citizen science surveys through the eMammal project, Stephanie Schuttler's mammal surveys with school groups, and James Hody's survey of Central American Canids. Finally, we study animal movement using GPS tracking technology as part of the Movebank project.