Projects

Genetic and ecological determinants of the expansion of grey squirrel populations across Europe

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Anna Lisa Signorile, Imperial College London, Silwood Park Campus, SL5 7PY, UK  or  Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, London, NW1 4RY The American Grey Squirrel is an alien invasive species that has been released many times in several areas across the world for recreational purposes. In Britain, following multiple introductions from the USA and […]

Red squirrel habitat mapping using remote sensing

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Silvia Flaherty, Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh, Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9XP. Tel. 0131 650 9172 The red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), the only squirrel species native to the UK, is now considered endangered, is listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and is also under legal protection. The future of red squirrel conservation will […]

Inbreeding and squirrelpox virus

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Melissa Marr A new study has started at the Insitute of Zoology, London on whether inbreeding affects the disease status of squirrelpox virus in red squirrels.

The Alpine Squirrel Population Ecology Research project

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Luc Wauters The Alpine Squirrel Population Ecology Research project celebrates 10 years. Run by Italian scientists, the project is building a fascinating long-term data set on the population dynamics and food resources of red squirrels Sciurus vulgaris living in montane and subalpine conifer forests. There are new opportunities for post-graduate biologists to join in the research programme. […]

The Barbary Ground Squirrel on Fuerteventura Island

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Marta López-Darias The ecology of the invasion of the Barbary Ground Squirrel on Fuerteventura Island (Canary Islands) Background In 1965, the Barbary Ground Squirrel (Atlantoxerus getulus), a rodent native to Morocco and small areas of Algeria, was introduced onto Fuerteventura Is. Two squirrels were brought in as pets, but they were soon released and the […]

Phylogeography and post-glacial history of the European squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Andrea Grill The red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, has declined dramatically in Europe during the last century. Nevertheless, phylogeographic data covering its entire distribution area, which provide the basis to identify the evolutionary significant units of this species and to establish an effective conservation strategy on a European scale, are still missing. Our project is directed […]

Scottish Squirrel Survey

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

The Scottish Squirrel Survey, funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, was established in March 2005 and is coordinated by Mel Tonkin, Scottish Squirrel Survey, c/o Scottish Wildlife Trust, Cramond House, Kirk Cramond, Cramond Glebe Road, Edinburgh EH4 6NS. It aims to set up a sustainable system of survey and monitoring of red and grey squirrels throughout […]

Mexican Red-bellied Squirrels in Biscayne National Park

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Geoffrey Palmer and John Koprowski Ecology of Introduced Mexican Red-bellied Squirrels in Biscayne National Park and their impact on an Endangered Palm Two pairs of Mexican Red-bellied Squirrels (Sciurus aureogaster) were introduced to the 10 km2 Elliott Key in Biscayne National Park, Florida, USA about 70 years ago. The population expanded to the point where […]

Mearns’s Squirrel in Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California

Friday, December 10th, 2004

Nicolas Ramos and John Koprowski The conservation and ecology of Mearns’s Squirrel (Tamiasciurus mearnsi) in Sierra San Pedro Martir, Baja California, Mexico The Mearns’s squirrel is an montane island endemic found in the highest regions of Baja California’s greatest mountain range at elevations around 3000 m. The species is considered to be threatened in Mexico […]

The ecology of native Arizona gray squirrels: impacts of introduced Abert’s squirrels

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004

John Koprowski Arizona gray squirrels (Sciurus arizonensis) were first described about 150 years ago, yet there has not been a single publication on the ecology of this species. Often considered to be uncommon in the mountain islands of the deserts of Arizona and extending slightly into northern Mexico where the species is considered to be […]