Todd Katzner’s research group in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University focuses on conservation ecology of wildlife in North America and worldwide. We address questions of wildlife conservation by focusing on application of unique techniques and approaches to field ecology. Our approaches include novel non-invasive mark-recapture studies,high-frequency GPS-GSM telemetry systems, and conceptual approaches to monitoring systems. We integrate these novel tools with classical techniques – simulation modeling to understand demography, classical lab approaches to understand wildlife toxicology, and standard monitoring of wildlife.
Current studies in our lab focus on a number of issues, including:
- Non-invasive monitoring of birds of critically endangered Asian vultures
- Interactions between development of renewable energy and migration of birds of prey in the central Appalachian Mountains
- Migration, ecology and conservation of red-footed falcons in central Asia
- Establishment of the North Kazakhstan Biological Field Station
- New World vultures as sentinels for environmental monitoring
- Eagles in the California desert