© 2012 Belize Wildlife Research

Wildlife research in Belize Research & conservation of Belizean mammals

Rebecca  Foster is the Director of the Belize Jaguar Program for Panthera

Rebecca Foster

Research interests

Mechanisms of carnivore coexistence

Long-term viability of predator and prey populations

Monitoring, modelling and managing bush meat harvest

Non-lethal methods to mitigate human-carnivore conflict

Corridor ecology

Methods of abundance/density estimation from camera-trap data


Academic background

2009+       Director, Belize Jaguar Program, Panthera

2005-2008 PhD, University of Southampton

2003+       Visiting Scientist, University of Southampton

1999-2003 Research Assistant, University of Oxford

1999-2000 MSc Integrative BioSciences, University of Oxford

1995-1998 BA Hon Zoology (MA Oxon), University of Oxford


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

Mathews, F., Macdonald, D. W., Taylor, G. M., Gelling, M., Norman, R. A., Honess, P. E., Foster, R., Gower, C. M., Varley, S., Harris, A., Palmer, S. Hewinson, G. & Webster, J. P. (2006). Bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis) in British farmland wildlife: the importance to agriculture. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 273: 357-365

Mathews, F., Orros, M., McLaren. G., Gelling, M. & Foster, R. (2005) Keeping fit on the ark: assessing the suitability of captive-bred animals for release. Biological Conservation, 121: 569-577