College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
Dept. of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
James Forester is an assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. His overall research goal is to understand the spatio-temporal processes that affect the distribution and abundance of wildlife species. He is specifically interested in how animals alter their habitat selection and movement paths in response to heterogeneity in resources and risk. His research covers a range of spatial and temporal scales but is primarily focused on how large, mammalian herbivores respond to changing landscapes. This research is critical for the management of natural resources because it provides tools that can be used to predict how animal populations will respond (spatially and numerically) to changes in climate and human land use.
Forester is using his resident fellowship to work with faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine and researchers in the Department of Natural Resources to better understand how animal behavior interacts with landscape pattern to affect the spread of infectious diseases.
See Foresters' faculty page for more info.