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Meredith Palmer

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Meredith's research is focused on predator-prey interactions; specifically, she explores how predators change prey behavior in ways that could potentially impact coexistence and ecosystem functioning. Her current interest in how predators that use different hunting techniques (stalking/ambush vs. coursing/endurance) evoke different anti-predator behaviors. In Serengeti Park, Tanzania, she is using the Snapshot camera trap grid to investiage how variation in predation risk across space and time - the so-called "landscape of fear" - affects ungulate distribution and activity patterns. She is currently conducting new experiments in South African reserves to study prey reponses to simulated predator encounters.

Before coming to graduate school, Meredith worked on a variety of field research projects in Central and South America, Africa, and the South Pacific, studying organisms ranging from invasive snakes to endangered felines. She writes about her field adventures for the Snapshot Serengeti blog and is interested in conducting further work with citizen scientists.