2018 Hellman Fellow
Assistant Professor, Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Project title: Evaluating patterns of puma predation to reduce human-wildlife conflicts in Patagonia
Project Description: The Middleton Lab at UC Berkeley studies the effects of environmental change on the behavioral, population, and community ecology of wide-ranging wildlife, with emphasis on the development of solutions to human-wildlife conflicts. We work closely with agency, university, and non-profit, and private partners to make sure we are asking the right questions and making the best research contributions we can. We also work with photographers, artists, storytellers, and others to communicate science and conservation lessons to the public. Our work is motivated by a global need for science and conservation solutions that promote both ecological integrity and human well-being, especially in working landscapes. The Hellman Fellowship funding to Arthur Middleton will help seed several new collaborations with Argentinean researchers, agencies, and non-profits at two sites in Patagonia: Monte Leon and Laguna Blanca National Parks. At each site, we will be collect new data on patterns of puma predation in order to assist our collaborators in developing and implementing solutions to conflict between pumas and sheep and goat producers. We also anticipate this new work will help us to establish a larger, longer-term research program in the Patagonian steppe.
Lab Website: https://nature.berkeley.edu/middletonlab/