Episode 25: Roland Kays On Eastern Coyote And High-Tech Tracking
About Roland Kays
Roland is a zoologist with a broad interest in ecology and conservation, especially of mammals. He studies research questions that are scientifically interesting but also have real-world relevance through educational or conservation value. An expert in using new technologies to study free-ranging animals, especially to track their movement with GPS tags and camera traps, Roland has appeared as a regular contributor to wildlife shows on the Science Channel and on National Geographic’s “World’s Weirdest.” He combines high-tech work with traditional methods, collecting data through field work and studies of museum collections.
- Research Associate Professor, North Carolina State University
- Head of the Biodiversity Lab, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
- Research Associate, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- Research Associate, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
- Ph.D. Zoology, University of Tennessee (1999)
- B.S. Biology, Cornell University (1993)
- Wolf and coyote hybridization
- Why coyotes are not fulfilling the role of wolves in the Eastern United States
- Getting a better understanding of wildlife movement on the ground with tech tools and Twitter
- The effect (or not) of coyotes on deer populations
- How coyotes thrive under pressure (maybe not why you think!)
- How to track anything – even seeds!
- Roland’s upcoming podcast!
- Check out live wildlife cam feeds and updates on @CamTrapLive on Twitter
Watch Roland’s Videos Below And On His Site
Here’s a great video describing camera traps including trap video of foxes that Roland has been tracking for several years.
Director of Digital Outreach (D.O.D.O.) for The Rewilding Institute
Host and Producer of the Rewilding Earth Podcast
Jack started Rewilding work as Executive Director of Sky Island Alliance in the mid-1990’s, organizing the Sky Island Wildlands Network design, ripping up illegal roads on forest service lands, installing wolf acclimatization pens on Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch & conducting howling surveys to help make way for the final stage of the Lobo reintroduction program in the Southwest.
Through the years, Jack has worked with Dave Foreman and the Rewilding Gang to further Rewilding initiatives and education.