Maggie McCallister ’19

Major

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Project Title

Impact of Grazing Regimes on Rangeland Quality and Wildlife- Livestock Use

Presentation Link

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Certificate(s): Environmental Policy, Sustainable Energy

I worked on a study that focused on how different grazing regimes affect habitat use by wildlife. I followed the movements and grazing behaviors of various livestock species under different husbandry regimes. I then compared the impacts of these strategies on the diversity, abundance and quality of rangeland vegetation, as well as on the rangeland use and diets of wildlife and livestock species. I regularly monitored camera traps and placed small GPS tags on livestock to track their movements. Additionally, data were collected for the surrounding vegetation of grazed areas. The covariance of movements will be used in future work to assess the impact of different grazing regimes on wildlife movements and subsequent movements by pastoralist herders.



Internship Year

2018

Project Category

Biodiversity and Conservation

Organization(s)

Mpala Research Centre- Nanyuki, Kenya

Mentor(s)

Daniel Rubenstein, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University