|Schmitz Lab at Yale||
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
B.S., University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Email: courtney.anderson [at] yale.edu
Office: Greeley Laboratory, room 119
School of Forestry & Enviro Studies
370 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511 USA
I am broadly interested in wildlife conservation and conducting research to better inform management of vulnerable species and ecosystems. My current research interests involve looking at the effects of apex predator removal from a system. I'm interested in tropical forest ecosystems in particular, and so am planning a project to detect changes in mesopredator communities in the Osa Peninsula region of Costa Rica in the presence or absence of jaguars (Panthera onca). This work would have implications for jaguar conservation in Central America and in other comparable systems throughout the world.
Throughout my undergraduate education at University of North Carolina at Greensboro I was involved in several different projects, including looking at metal tolerance in aquatic bacteria after coal ash spills, tracking bat migrations using acoustic stations along the NC coast, and investigating possible sand fly attractants to mitigate disease transmission. Since graduating, I have done research on primates and sea turtles in Equatorial Guinea and Costa Rica, and I also taught high school sciences at my home town in NC.