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Tyus D. Williams

Carnivore Ecologist & Science Communicator

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Tyus D. Williams

As a Ph.D. student studying carnivore ecology at the University of California, Berkeley, I'm intrigued by how large mammalian carnivores not only interact with their environment during disturbance but engage and compete with similar taxa around them (e.g., intraguild competition). Using a non-invasive technique such as camera trapping in conjunction with spatial analytical tools (e.g., ArcGIS) allows for inferences to be drawn on movement patterns, occupancy, and landscape interactions to understand trophic cascades and intraguild conflict which can be influenced by resource/space availability, dietary overlap, and global changes.

In a world currently, where the functions of human dimensions are inherently tied to the wellbeing of the natural world, we must utilize an interdisciplinary approach to understand how human expansion and disturbance resulting from it change wild spaces around us. Through my research, I aim to highlight how carnivore communities are responding to environmental and anthropogenic modifications to establish effective conservation strategies as well as protection policies.

As a science communicator, I firmly believe that we cannot fully harness the intellectual merits of science without engaging the public in an inclusive effort. Progression occurs when all voices are heard!

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