Here's a visual abstract of the most recent paper to come out of my cheetah research.
I just defended my PhD at Virginia Tech in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, in Marcella Kelly's lab. She studies jaguars in Belize, and her students work on carnivores all over the world. Check out her awesome students and great camera trap pictures at her website.
For my research on cheetahs I collaborated with the Tanzania Carnivore Project which runs the long term cheetah research project in the Serengeti with support from the Zoological Society of London and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
From 2004-2007 I worked as a research assistant for the Serengeti Cheetah Project (now part of the Tanzania Carnivore Project). My work involved searching the Serengeti plains for cheetahs, identifying them via their spot patterns, recording where they roamed, picking up their poop, and watching their hunts. Dr. Sarah Durant at the Zoological Society of London runs the Serengeti Cheetah Project as part of the Tanzania Carnviore Conservation Project which works to conserve cheetahs and other carnivores in Tanzania.
In 2010 I did a Masters degree at Imperial College London on cheetah hunting behavior with Dr. Sarah Durant and Dr. Nathalie Pettorelli at the Zoological Society of London. We looked at the factors that influence whether a cheetah will have a successful hunt.
Publications (Peer reviewed journals)
Anne Hilborn, Nathalie Pettorelli, Tim Caro, Marcella J. Kelly, M. Karen Laurenson & Sarah M. Durant (2018) Cheetahs modify their prey handling behavior depending on risks from top predators. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 72:74
Pettorelli, N., Hilborn, A., Duncan, C., Durant, S. M. (2015) Individual variability: the missing component to our understanding of predator-prey interactions, in Trait-Based Ecology - From Structure to Function, vol. 52. Elesvier. 19-44
In January of 2017 I helped promote #bestcarcass because I love poking at dead things.
In Dec 2016 I tried to prove that cheetahs had the #bestspots. The rest of biology Twitter did not agree. National Geographic covered the ensuing melee.
In February of 2016 I hosted the twitter account @realscientists for a week. One day I sparked a rather involved conversation about menstruation and fieldwork which is touched on in this Nature News and Comment write up. Note: the avi for @Realscientists changes every week so the live links make it look like the current host wrote the tweets
Landrovers stuck in the mud is a part of life in the field.