James N. Helferich, Doctoral Candidate

Ocelot density estimation in South Texas using spatially explicit and genetic capture-recapture
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James’ project focuses on using a variety of techniques to estimate population densities (including scat collection, camera traps, and spatially explicit capture-recapture) of ocelots in South Texas. More broadly, his research interests include population ecology, GIS & geospatial techniques, capture-recapture, climate change, and endangered species conservation. He is originally from Albany, NY and received his Associate’s degree from Chattanooga State CC in Chattanooga, TN, and his Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science (minor in Applied Statistics) from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. He has worked for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Big Game Unit, and worked alongside the U.S. Forest Service while serving as an AmeriCorps member in Chattahoochee National Forest in GA. Most recently, he completed his Master’s degree at Mississippi State University where he studied conservation threats to the endangered Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake. This work included predicting the effects of climate change on growth and size, and using spatial capture-recapture to gain insight into population density and landscape use.