Northern Sierra Fisher Reintroduction
Project Director: Dr. Roger Powell
Collaborators: California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Sierra Pacific Industries, Yreka US Fish & Wildlife Service, North Carolina State University, Wildlife Conservation Society 
Objectives: The overarching goal is to identify and understand the relationships between fishers and landscapes managed primarily for timber production. Additionally, the project seeks to restore fishes to a portion of their range where they have been extirpated for at least 100 years and to develop methods and approaches that can be used by future translocation projects. Specific directions of the research include developing and evaluating habitat models general to fishers with emphasis on placement and size of home range and population vital rates.  
Potential Impact: The project should identify the habitat requirements of fishers and provide insight into fishers’ movements, behavior and ability to persist in areas subjected to industrial timber management. If fishers become established and persist on this landscape, their geographic distribution will expand in the western portion of their range. The project is singularly positioned to make important recommendations on fisher and forest management.

Kinabatangan Small Carnivore Project
Project Director:  Meaghan N. Evans (Cardiff University; Danau Girang Field Centre)
Collaborators: Sabah Wildlife Department
Objectives: Determine the mechanisms of small carnivore persistence within severely agro-fragmented secondary lowland forests. The project seeks to evaluate the spatial ecology, diet, and ecotoxicology status of target species within the degraded forest patches and oil palm plantation estates of the Lower Kinabatangan Floodplain.
Potential Impact: Identify mechanisms of guild-level adaptation to landscapes dominated by oil palm plantations; evaluate the degree and effects of pollution on small carnivores within fragmented ecosystems; provide informed statements of effective conservation and pollution mitigation actions to government officials.

Extent of Occurrence of the Endangered American marten (Martes americana) in Southern Vermont

Project Director: Dr. Paul Hapeman (Central Connecticut State University)

Collaborators: Vermont Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service

Objectives: Extent of occurrence, model evaluation, species co-occurrence

Potential Impact: Identification of new population, improvement in protected status in future resource planning on Green Mountain National Forest


Genetic Structure and Subspecies Status of Florida Mink (Neovison vison) Populations

Project Director: Dr. Paul Hapeman (Central Connecticut State University)

Collaborators: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Objectives: Evaluate the taxonomic status of mink in Florida with particular emphasis on the Everglades mink

Potential Impact: Verify proposed taxonomic status of mink in Florida. Results may play a critical role in the future listing status of the Everglades mink (Neovison vison evergladensis).

The Hose's Civet (Diplogale hosei) and Small Carnivore Project, Borneo (HOSCAP Borneo)

Project Director: John Mathai (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany)

Collaborators: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Samling

Objectives: Evaluate the habitat requirements and distribution of small carnivores in a logging concession in Upper Baram, northern Sarawak on Malaysian Borneo and assess the degree to which small carnivore species cope with anthropogenic changes in habitat.

Potential Impact: Provide specific conservation measures for the long term future of the species and contribute to answering ecological and conservation-oriented questions, delivering the scientific basis for focused and practical efforts to conserve biodiversity in logging concessions in Sarawak.


Photo: A male fisher leaving transport box at his release site in the northern Sierra Nevada in California (Tati Gettleman).