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Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
B.A., 2013, Columbia University, Environmental Biology
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Broadly speaking, I am interested in trophic interactions and how predator-prey relationships influence community structure and ecosystem function. I am also interested in teasing out issues of scale in wildlife research, specifically how small-scale trophic relationships can be understood in the larger context of species distribution and conservation. Understanding how predator-prey-habitat interactions at local levels relate to ecosystem- and distribution-wide patterns particularly interests me in the context of wide-ranging species such as mammalian predators, whose large individual home ranges in addition to overall species ranges encompass a diversity of communities and landscapes. In my research, I hope to study the role that puma predation on vicuñas plays in the mediation of carbon cycling in northern Argentina.
Email: julia.monk [at] yale.edu
Office: Greeley Laboratory, Rm 119
School of Forestry & Enviro Studies
370 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511 USA
Virginia Tech Shorebird Program - From 2014-2016, I worked on the Virginia Tech Shorebird Program's Fire Island project, studying the effects of Hurricane Sandy and subsequent beach stabilization projects on piping plover demography and habitat use. I was particularly involved in researching habitat use and community structure of migratory shorebirds, as well as the effects of human activity on piping plover chick survival.
The Nature Conservancy/Columbia University - From 2010-2013, I worked as a biological assistant for The Nature Conservancy in the Centennial Valley in southwest Montana. I returned to the Centennial Valley to conduct my senior thesis research on the effects of fire on greater sage-grouse brood-rearing habitat and food resources. I found that in the presence of three-tip sagebrush (Artemisia tripartita), which re-sprouts after burning, small fires do not reduce sage-grouse occupancy and may increase invertebrate prey availability.
University of Montana/SUNY Stony Brook - From 2006-2008, I worked as a research assistant for Dr. Charles Janson's brown capuchin monkey behavioral study. We implemented banana feeding platform experiments to understand foraging decision-making in capuchin monkey groups. We also deployed predator model and audio recording experiments to understand methods of capuchin monkey predator detection.
DeRose Wilson, A., K.L. Hunt, J.D. Monk, J.D. Fraser, D.H. Catlin, and S.M. Karpanty. (In review). Piping plover chick survival negatively correlated with beach recreation.
Monk, J.D., A. DeRose-Wilson, J.D. Fraser, D.H. Catlin and S.M. Karpanty. 2016. Observations of Fish Consumption by Piping Plovers. Northeastern Naturalist 23: N22-N25.