Maryke Swartz

Blogger Profile: Maryke Swartz

Maryke Swartz is a senior research technician in the Applied Animal Ecology Division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. She leads a field team that translocates and monitors populations of endangered Stephens’ kangaroo rats. Her team also conducts field experiments to determine the most effective methods for translocating kangaroo rats from areas that are impacted by humans to reserves. Maryke is also helping to establish a captive breeding and reintroduction program for the critically endangered Pacific pocket mouse. Maryke earned her master’s degree in biology at the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2009. For her thesis, she compared three coexisting desert rodents’ (Merriam’s kangaroo rats, little pocket mice, and pale kangaroo mice) foraging and sand-bathing behaviors. She continues to be interested in small mammal biology and behavioral ecology as well as the adaptive management and conservation of endangered species.
Endangered Pocket Mice Nestle Into New Homes

Endangered Pocket Mice Nestle Into New Homes

Often while we were checking traps, we would not only be crossing our fingers in hopes that we caught a Pacific pocket mouse, but more specifically, we wanted a male!   read more

Protecting Kangaroo Rats

Protecting Kangaroo Rats

I am happy to report that we had another successful (and exciting!) field season. We re-trapped endangered Stephens’ kangaroo rats on sites where they were translocated in 2008, 2009, and 2010.   read more

Where are Translocated Kangaroo Rats Now?

Where are Translocated Kangaroo Rats Now?

It’s been 6 months since we released 152 Stephens’ kangaroo rats onto the Southwestern Riverside County Multi-Species Reserve (see post SKRs Get TLC). To recap, animals were translocated with their[.....]

Kangaroo Rats Get Home Improvement

Kangaroo Rats Get Home Improvement

Stephens’ kangaroo rats are adapted to live in native grasslands. After successfully translocating 150 kangaroo rats in September 2010 (see SKRs Get TLC), it was time to start restoring their[.....]