Ocelot Landscape Suitability and Population Dynamics in Texas
Join us for our first presentation in 2022 as Jason Lombardi, PhD, presents his research on our endangered South Texas ocelot, the only location in the United States with breeding ocelots. He’ll provide an overview of ocelot ecology in Texas and landscape habitat suitability of these felines based on new research. In addition, he’ll discuss new population estimates and the outlook for ocelots in the state.
Dr. Jason Lombardi is a carnivore population and landscape ecologist with the Feline Research Program at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University Kingsville. His scientific expertise is rooted in carnivore ecology and management, population dynamics, wildlife-habitat relationships, road and landscape ecology, remote sensing, and threatened/endangered species management on private and public lands. Specifically, he is most interested in asking pertinent ecological questions to understand the spatial patterns and processes that influence the dynamic interactions of the carnivore populations and communities and their interactions with species (competition, predation), habitat (e.g., vegetation, landscape structure, climate), and human pressures (e.g., recreation, roads, development, silviculture (a branch of forestry dealing with the development and care of forests) across multiple spatial scales.