Graduate Directory

Anna Nisi

Research Interests

I study the local puma (Puma concolor) population, which exists in the fragmented and human-dominated landscape of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The goal of my dissertation research is to use rigorous quantitative and statistical methods to understand how the human environment impacts puma movement and population dynamics and hopefully produce useful insight for large carnivore conservation in urban-adjacent areas. Currently, I’m working on projects that explore how large carnivores manage trade-offs while navigating heterogeneous landscapes; how individual variation in movement behavior may mediate the relationship between exposure to human features and mortality risk; and the consequences of habitat fragmentation on longer-term population viability.