Wildlife Population and Community Ecology

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Interactions among species are clearly important in structuring communities and influencing population trajectories and yet these interactions can change with ecological context. Folks in my lab have become interested in the strength of species interactions, their direct and indirect effects, how temporal and spatial heterogeneity can modulate
these interactions, and the implications of disease outbreaks and parasite infestations.
We also are examining both biotic and abiotic factors that influence vertebrate

Current studies include an examination of the recent rabies epizootic in populations of
carnivores inhabiting the southwest, the influence of botfly parasitism on woodrat survival
in Arizona and how the survival of banner-tailed kangaroo rats is affected by increasing

Dr. Gary W. RoemerEmail: groemer@nmsu.edu