Wildlife biologists like Emiliano publish their results so others can build on it in new research or use it to manage wildlife populations.
When researchers complete their field studies, they examine their data in the context of the larger picture and report what they learned. This synthesis often leads to new ideas to investigate further.
Emiliano presented his research through his doctoral dissertation at the University of Wyoming.
The findings from the data Emiliano has shared gives an insight to the relationships that exist between pumas, vicunas and plant growth in the San Guillermo ecosystem under study.
Using those results, describe how pumas might influence vegetation height by preying on vicunas.
Guiding Questions:How heavily do pumas prey on vicunas? What evidence do you have to support your answer?
How do vicunas respond to puma predation? What evidence do you have to support your answer?
How does vegetation respond to decreased vicuna grazing pressure? What evidence do you have to support your data?
Points to include:
- Puma hunting strategies.
- Vicuna behavior in different habitats.
- The impact of vicuna grazing on plants.
- Locations pumas would have an effect (everywhere? just certain habitats?.
- The kind of effect pumas could have on vicunas and vegetation.