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.
Measuring Wind beneath Condor Wings

Measuring Wind beneath Condor Wings

Last month, we conducted an expedition to install a series of meteorological stations on the remote and inaccessible eastern escarpment of the Sierra Mountains of Baja California, Mexico.   read more

Condors: Quest for the Egg

Condors: Quest for the Egg

April has been a very busy and exciting month for the San Diego Zoo’s California condor project.   read more

Golden Eagle Helicopter Survey

Golden Eagle Helicopter Survey

During the second week of March, I participated in a helicopter survey of golden eagles and their nests along the rugged, remote, and spectacular ridges and canyons of the Sierra[…..]