The Wild Nature Institute Conducts Scientific Research on At-Risk Wildlife Species and Their Habitats, Advocates for Their Protection, and Educates the Public About the Need to Preserve Wild Nature.
The Wild Nature Institute's scientists conduct original field research, analyze existing available data, and synthesize primary scientific literature. Avenues for dissemination of results include reports and peer-reviewed publications, presentations at scientific and management conferences, articles and editorials in the media, meetings with decision-makers, comments on land-management plans, and other innovative outlets.
Experienced consultants in:
Population Assessment and Monitoring
Statistical Analysis of Population Data
Resource Selection and Habitat Studies
GIS Mapping and Analysis
Our Staff and Partners:
Monica Bond, MS, is a wildlife biologist and biodiversity activist with 15 years of experience in ecology of wildlife in fire-affected forests. Her extensive research on the use of severely burned forest by Spotted Owls and Black-backed Woodpeckers has led to the protection of much of this habitat type from post-fire logging. As an advocate she has monitored public and private lands management activities to ensure adequate protection for imperiled species. She also studied space use by small mammals and Burrowing Owls in western grasslands, and demography of northern elephant seals and Hawaiian monk seals. Monica is also currently affiliated with the University of Zurich.
Derek Lee, PhD, is a quantitative wildlife biologist with expertise in conservation demography and population ecology. Current research investigates Masai Giraffe and other large mammal populations within a fragmented landscape in Tanzania. This work examines how births, deaths, and movements of ungulates are impacted by increasingly fragmented wildlife habitat, and what conservation actions are most effective. He spent 10 years researching the impacts of climate and ocean conditions on survival, reproduction, and population growth rates of marine predators such as northern elephant seals, Common Murres, and Cassin's Auklets at the South Farallon Islands, California. His work was included in a conservation and management plan for seabirds in the California Current. He also studied migration of Black Brant in Humboldt Bay as well as fire ecology of small mammals in California's oak woodlands and California Spotted Owls in the Sierra Nevada. Derek is also an Associate Research Professor at Pennsylvania State University.
James Madeli, BS, is the Research and Education Coordinator for Wild Nature Institute. James completed his bachelor of science degree in Wildlife Science and Conservation at the University of Dar es Salaam in fall 2017. He coordinates Wild Nature Institute's environmental education programs in primary and secondary schools throughout the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem and assists with the Masai Giraffe Conservation Demography and TUNGO research projects.