Archbold Data Manager Matthew Dietrich visits a Corridor Observatory instrument site after a May 2022 prescribed fire at Deluca Preserve; photo by JM Guthrie Photo by JM Guthrie

Predator Prey

South Florida's assemblage of carnivores is unique in the eastern half of North America, and faces an uncertain future as conservation measures struggle to keep pace with land use change and development. Ecological relationships among wide-ranging species in agricultural landscapes such as ours are under-studied. What measures might ensure the persistence of the Florida panther and the black bear in such fragmented landscapes? Archbold's Predator-Prey Program is working to answer these questions.

Program Information

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Primary Research Areas

wildlife monitoring, mammal community dynamics, black bear ecology, camera trapping, machine learning in wildlife research, non-invasive methods

Primary Location(s)

Archbold Biological Station, Buck Island Ranch, Lake Wales Ridge, Headwaters of the Everglades Watershed, Florida Wildlife Corridor, DeLuca Preserve

People working in this program

fin in truckCorridor Observatory
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Archbold interns Sriram and Gabriel service a camera trap at Archbold's Buck Island Ranch; photo by JM GuthriePhoto by: JM Guthrie

Featured News & Scientific Publications

The white-tailed deer commonly found throughout Florida is an important prey species for the Florida panther.
Bobcats are an important medium-sized carnivore and ecological actor in the Florida scrubs and ranchlands.
The black bear subpopulation of Highlands and Glades counties is among the smallest of Florida's eight subpopulations, with fewer than 150 individuals.

Funders, Partners, Collaborators, Networks

University of Florida
Bellini Better World Foundation

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Interns will be trained in every aspect of scientific research, from project choice, experimental design, and statistical analysis to oral and written presentations. Additional opportunities include developing field skill in camera trapping and tracking multiple mammal species, gaining experience working in the field on private working lands, gaining field experience in conservation biology, sharpening written communication skills through writing tasks.