Rachel Chock

Blogger Profile: Rachel Chock

Rachel Chock is a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is working with Debra Shier, Ph.D., from the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in studying the endangered Pacific pocket mouse. Rachel is interested in conservation and behavioral ecology and will be looking at how competition with other small mammals affects the Pacific pocket mouse’s ability to successfully coexist and also expand into new habitats. This research is part of the Zoo’s captive breeding and reintroduction plan for Pacific pocket mice. Rachel received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she studied threespine sticklebacks. She spent a summer working with pronghorn in Montana and did a research project in Chile with degus. While she loves to travel, Rachel is excited to be studying and working with Pacific pocket mice here in Southern California!
Observing Behavior in the Wild

Observing Behavior in the Wild

My favorite part of the fieldwork I do (see: A Night with the Pocket Mouse Field Crew)  is watching the pocket mice, kangaroo rats, and other small mammals in the[…..]

Protected Habitat for Our Endangered Species

Protected Habitat for Our Endangered Species

Since our Southern California winter hasn’t seemed to hit yet (it is still warm here, even by our standards!), I was able to squeeze in one more week to check out a new potential field site for the spring.   read more

Pocket Mice Powerhouses

Pocket Mice Powerhouses

We set out a trap next to what looked like a good pocket mouse burrow (these are Los Angeles pocket mice, closely related to the Pacific pocket mice we are breeding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park). Their burrow entrance is roughly the size of a penny, so you have to be looking closely to find them!   read more

Badger and Coyote Caught on Camera

Badger and Coyote Caught on Camera

I recently caught this great video of a badger following a coyote down a road. Did you know that these two species often hunt together? I had heard of this relationship but never witnessed it, personally or remotely!   read more

A Night with the Pocket Mouse Field Crew

A Night with the Pocket Mouse Field Crew

Maybe they are only passing through, or they stay in the area but just won’t walk in again, or they end up as a meal for an owl or fox or snake. Life as a small rodent is full of dangers.   read more