Debra Shier

Blogger Profile: Debra Shier

Debra Shier, Ph.D., is a scientist in the Applied Animal Ecology Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. For the last 17 years, she has studied the application of behavioral ecology to conservation with an emphasis on captive breeding/reintroductions and translocations in small mammals. She received a bachelor's degree in biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master's degree in biology from San Francisco State University, and a master's and a doctorate in animal behavior with an emphasis on wildlife conservation from the University of California, Davis.
Marching to My Own (Foot) Drummers

Marching to My Own (Foot) Drummers

Hemet has extremely high levels of species diversity and endemism (species found nowhere else), and it contains a number of endangered species, including the Stephens’ kangaroo rat, which is the reason I’m here.   read more

Kangaroo Rats Dig Mountain Lions!

Kangaroo Rats Dig Mountain Lions!

Matt Golembeski joined our team in June to study the effects of top predator scent on coyote deterrence.   read more

Mountain Lions Help Kangaroo Rats?

Mountain Lions Help Kangaroo Rats?

To recap: this experiment was designed to see if we could effectively keep coyotes and other medium-sized predators off of small mammal release sites (think prey item here) during the first month following release.   read more

Roo Rats Released!

Roo Rats Released!

Last week we released the second group of 50 kangaroo rats (see previous post, Kangaroo Rats Keep Us Hopping). We placed sand scented with mountain lion pee at scent stations[…..]

Kangaroo Rats Keep Us Hopping

Kangaroo Rats Keep Us Hopping

The kangaroo rat translocation project has kept our research team hopping this summer (see post Kangaroo Rats: Our Own Backyard). We conducted our first release of nearly 50 animals in[…..]