Dr Lauren Harrington
I gained my first degree in Applied Biology from Bath University and began my career working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on the first reintroductions of the black-footed ferret to Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. I obtained a Master's degree in Fishery and Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, and a DPhil in Zoology from Oxford University. I have been with the WildCRU since 1996. My thesis work focused on the control of the American mink and its interactions with native mustelids. For the last five years I have co-ordinated the WildCRU's research on American mink, which has, more recently, focused on the use of time-depth recorders to investigate their diving behaviour. I am an Independent Monitoring Partner of the Scottish Beaver Trial at Knapdale, Scotland, responsible for monitoring the ecology of released beavers, with Scottish Natural Heritage. I have also recently initiated a project on otter-fisheries conflict with the Environment Agency.
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I am interested broadly in the reintroduction of species, including the welfare and ethical implications involved, and in the behaviour, ecology, intra-guild interactions, and conservation and management of small carnivores and semi-aquatic mammals
ProjectsThe behavioural ecology of American mink and their control
Management of American mink and interactions with native mustelids
Diving behaviour of American mink
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