© 2012 Belize Wildlife Research

Wildlife research in Belize Research & conservation of Belizean mammals

Bart Harmsen is the Panthera Wildlife Fellow at the Environmental Research Institute, University of Belize

Bart Harmsen

Research interests

Carnivore ecology

Coexistence and interaction of sympatric terrestrial mammals

Predator-prey interactions

Spatial ecology of terrestrial mammals

Corridor permeability of terrestrial mammals


Academic background

2009+       Panthera-ERI Wildlife Fellow, University of Belize

2008-2009 Belize Jaguar Program Coordinator, Panthera

2007-2008 Belize Jaguar Program Coordinator, Wildlife Conservation Society

2003-2006 PhD, University of Southampton

1999-2003 Research Assistant, University of Oxford

1994-1998 BSc/MSc, Biology Faculty, University of Amsterdam

1987-1993 Bsc/Msc, Psychology Faculty, University of Amsterdam


Publications

Figueroa, O. A., R. J. Foster, C. Wultsch, J. B. Mesa-Cruz, M. J. Kelly, B. J. Harmsen, W. Sabido, S. Matola y  S. K. Jacobson (under review)Estatus de Conservación del Jaguar en Belice. En Medellín, R., C. Chávez, A. de la Torre, H. Zarza y G. Ceballos (Eds). El Jaguar en el Nuevo Milenio: Perspectiva Continental.

Foster, R. J. & Harmsen, B. J. (2012) A critique of density estimation from camera-trap data. Journal of Wildlife Management, 76 (2): 224-236

Foster R. J., Harmsen, B. J., Valdes, B., Pomilla, C. & Doncaster, C. P.  (2010) Food habits of sympatric jaguars and pumas across a gradient of human disturbance. Journal of Zoology, 280: 309-318.

Foster, R. J., Harmsen, B. J., & Doncaster, C. P. (2010) Habitat use of sympatric jaguars and pumas across a gradient of human disturbance in Belize. Biotropica, 42 (6): 724-731

Foster, R. J., Harmsen, B. J., & Doncaster, C. P. (2010) Sample-size effects on diet analysis from scats of jaguars and pumas. Mammalia, 74 (3): 317-321

Harmsen, B. J., Foster, R. J., Silver, S. C., Ostro, L. E. T. & Doncaster, C. P. (2010) Jaguar and puma activity patterns in relation to their main prey. Mammalian Biology, 76 (3): 320-324

Harmsen, B. J., Foster, R. J., Gutierrez, S., Marin, S. & Doncaster, C. P. (2010) Scrape-marking behaviour of jaguars and pumas. Journal of Mammalogy, 91 (5): 1225-1234.

Harmsen, B. J., Foster, R. J. & Doncaster, C. P. (2010) Heterogeneous capture rates in low density populations and consequences for capture-recapture analysis of camera-trap data. Population Ecology, 53(1): 253-259.

Harmsen, B. J., Foster, R. J., Silver, S. C., Ostro, L. E. T., & Doncaster, C. P. (2010) The ecology of jaguars in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize. Pp 403- 416. In D. W. Macdonald & A. Loveridge, eds. The Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids. Oxford University Press.

Harmsen, B. J., Foster R. J., Silver, S., Ostro, L., & Doncaster, C. P.  (2010) Differential use of trails by forest mammals and the implications for camera trap studies, a case study from Belize. Biotropica, 42: 126-133.

Harmsen, B. J., Foster R. J., Silver, S., Ostro, L., & Doncaster, C. P.  (2009) Spatial and temporal interactions of sympatric jaguars (Panthera onca) and pumas (Puma concolor) in a neotropical forest. Journal of Mammalogy, 90 (3): 612-620

Delahay, R. J., Walker, N.J., Forrester, G.J., Harmsen, B.J., Riordan, P., Macdonald, D.W., Newman, C., Cheesman, C.L. (2006): Demographic correlates of bite wounding in Eurasian badgers, Meles meles, in stable and perturbed populations. Animal Behaviour. 71(5): 1047-1055.

Macdonald, D. W., Harmsen, B. J., Johnson, P. J., Newman, C. (2004): Increasing frequency of bite wounds with increasing population density in Eurasian badgers, Meles meles. Animal Behaviour. 67: 745-751.

Harmsen, B. J. & van Bree P. J. H.(1998): On the presence of first premolars in skulls of badgers, Meles  meles (Linnaeus 1758), mainly from the Netherlands. Beaufortia. 48: 9-15.