Latest Publications

Wilton, C.M., J.L. Belant, J.F. Van Stappen, D. Paetkau. 2015. American black bear population abundance and genetic structure on an island archipelago. Ursus 26:53-66. Download

Simek, S.L., J.L. Belant, Z. Fan, B.W. Young, B.D. Leopold, J. Fleming, B. Waller. 2015. Source populations and roads affect American black bear recolonization. European Journal of Wildlife Research 61(4):583-590. Download

Hiller, T.L., J.E. McFadden-Hiller, S.R. Jenkins, J.L. Belant, A.J. Tyre. 2015. Demography, prey abundance, and management affect number of cougar mortalities associated with livestock conflicts. Journal of Wildlife Management 79(6):978-988. Download

Cruz-Rodríguez, C., J.F. González-Maya, A. Rodríguez-Bolaños, A. Cepeda, J.L. Belant. 2015. Ocelot Leopardus pardalis (Carnivora: Felidae) spatial ecology in a fragmented landscape of Colombia. Revista Mexicana de Mastozoologia Nueva epoca 5:1-8. Download

González-Maya, J.F., Víquez-R, J. L. Belant, G. Ceballos. 2015. Effectiveness of protected areas for representing species and populations of terrestrial mammals in Costa Rica. PLoS One 10:e0124480. Download

Struebig, M.J., A. Wilting, D. Gaveau, E. Meijaard, R.J. Smith, The Borneo Mammal Distribution Consortium, M. Fischer, K. Metcalfe, and S. Kramer-Schadt. 2015. Targeted conservation safeguards a biodiversity hotspot from climate and land-cover change. Current Biology 25:372-378. Download

Gompper, M.E., J.L. Belant, and R. Kays. 2015. Carnivore coexistence: America's recovery. Science 347:382-383. Download

About the Lab

The Carnivore Ecology Laboratory (CEL) at Mississippi State University (MSU) seeks to improve understanding of all aspects of carnivore ecology and management through theoretical and applied research. Consistent with the mission of a Land Grant university, we emphasize contemporary problems facing resource management agencies, private landowners, and society at large. Specifically, the mission of the CEL is to conduct scientifically-based research that provides insights into carnivore ecology, conservation, and management to help natural resource agencies, organizations, and the public:

  • Understand the biology and ecological roles of carnivores to ensure their long-term conservation
  • Integrate carnivore ecology information into decision-making processes,
  • Effectively manage carnivore-human interactions to facilitate coexistence,
  • Train future professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective managers, conservationists, and scientists.

The CEL is a team of faculty, staff, and students with interests and expertise in carnivore ecology, predator-prey relationships, and carnivore-human conflict. The research program is supported through contracts and grants of state and federal agencies and non-governmental and private organizations. Facilities include a 2,600 m2 captive carnivore unit and laboratories which allow the conduct of controlled, replicated research on various carnivore species. The lab is further supported through working-relationships with the Human Dimensions Laboratory and the GIS/GAP Laboratory in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at Mississippi State, and the Wildlife Stress Physiology Lab at the University of Missouri-Columbia.