Susanne Marczak

Blogger Profile: Susanne Marczak

Susanne Marczak is a research technician for the Applied Animal Ecology Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research and also assists with administration of the Cocha Cashu Biological Station in the Peruvian Amazon. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, with degrees in ecology, behavior and evolution (B.S.) and economics (B.A.). Throughout the year she provides support for a variety of local research projects but works primarily on efforts to restore grassland habitat through the reintroduction of California ground squirrels.
Braving Chilly Nights for Kangaroo Rats

Braving Chilly Nights for Kangaroo Rats

6:36 p.m. – The traps are set. Four of us have opened and baited them with millet seed, and all we can do now is wait and hope that they are enticing enough for some endangered Stephens’ kangaroo rats to go inside.   read more

Banding Burrowing Owls

Banding Burrowing Owls

…I have been researching California ground squirrel and burrowing owl habitat requirements in San Diego County grasslands, so it was very exciting to finally participate in some work with the actual owls.   read more

Citizen Science: Engaging People in Conservation Research

Citizen Science: Engaging People in Conservation Research

Citizen science is an extremely vital component of the work that we do here at the Institute. Without our many passionate volunteers who assist with data collection and entry, we would not be able to conduct research at the same magnitude that we currently realize.   read more

Muddy Days in the Soil Lab

Muddy Days in the Soil Lab

During the spring and summer, I worked on a team to collect soil samples from grassland habitats around San Diego County to create a habitat suitability model for California ground squirrels. Why do we care about ground squirrels and where they live?   read more

Squirrels: There’s No Place Like Home

Squirrels: There’s No Place Like Home

Ground squirrels serve as “ecosystem engineers,” building intricate burrow systems, clearing large amounts of vegetation, and serving as anti-predator sentinels for some species. They also play the role of dinner, too!   read more