James Sheppard

Blogger Profile: James Sheppard

James Sheppard, Ph.D., is a wildlife biologist in the Applied Animal Ecology Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research with a background in spatial ecology, landscape ecology, and animal behavior. James received his doctorate from James Cook University in Australia and has extensive experience researching the ecology of diverse taxa, including the habitat use and movement behaviors of California condors, giant pandas, golden eagles, dugongs, and desert tortoises. His primary research interests lie in the application of cutting-edge tracking, "bio-logging" technologies, GIS, and spatial modeling techniques to identify and characterize the behaviors of endangered wildlife with a view to enhancing conservation management strategies. James is currently the chair of the Spatial Ecology & Telemetry Working Group of The Wildlife Society.
New Dimensions in Wildlife Research

New Dimensions in Wildlife Research

Condors can soar for hundreds of miles across the land looking for food as well as thousands of feet high up into the clouds. I needed an accurate 3-D home-range estimator that would make the most of the incredible 3-D movement data I was getting from these GPS-tracked condors.
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Sharing Spatial Ecology

Sharing Spatial Ecology

Spatial ecology is now the fastest growing field in ecology because rapid advances in technology and techniques for capturing and analyzing spatial data drive it.   read more

Space, The Final Frontier for Conservation Research

Space, The Final Frontier for Conservation Research

Spatial ecology, the fastest-growing field of study in ecology, is a powerful approach to understanding how ecosystems function and the ways populations and communities of species interact with their environment.   read more

“Carrion” Research to the Next Level

“Carrion” Research to the Next Level

I have found myself amazed by condor curiosity and playfulness, as well as the complexity of their tight-knit society.   read more

Wild Condor Chick Gets Own TV Show

Wild Condor Chick Gets Own TV Show

Okay, great, so you have a neat video camera – but how do you install one in a condor nest high up in the mountains? With a lot of sweat, grunt-work, and no fear of heights!   read more