Mel Sunquist

Mel Sunquist

Position: Professor
Appointment: Teaching: 60% Research: 40%; Program Director, OSBS

Educational Background:
Ph.D.: 1979, Wildlife Ecology, University of Minnesota
M.S.: 1970, Wildlife Ecology, University of Minnesota
B.S.: 1965, Wildlife Ecology, University of Minnesota

Professional Experience:
University of Florida
Professor, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, 2004 to present.
Associate Professor, 1995-2003.
Associate Scientist, 1982-1995.
Smithsonian Institution
Research Scientist, 1979-1982.

Teaching Responsibilities at UF (last 5 years):
2004-2009: WIS3402 — Wildlife of Florida
2004-2009: WIS3402L — Wildlife of Florida Lab
2004-2009: WIS4945C — Wildlife Field Techniques (2X annually)
2005, 2007, 2009: WIS6575 — Mammalian Carnivores

Graduate Students (last 5 years):
Chair/co-chair: PhD 4; MS 7
Committee member: PhD 14; MS 6

International Activities (last 5 years):
Graduate students conducting research on tigers in Laos, cheetahs and hyenas in Africa, and meso-carnivores in Guatemala; Involved with international activities as a member of Exxon/Mobile’s Save-The-Tiger-Fund Council, PANTHERA, and the IUCN Cat Specialist Group.

Research area:
Behavior, ecology and conservation of mammalian carnivores.

Grants/Contracts/Gifts (last 5 years):
$237,784 (NSF, National Wild Turkey Foundation, Wildlife Foundation of Florida, IFAS Research Innovation Grant, National Geographic Society)

Publications (Career Summary):
45 refereed journal articles, 3 books, 25 book chapters, 2 monographs, and 24 non-refereed publications.

Selected Publications

Sunquist, M. E. 2010. Tigers: Ecology and behavior. Pages 19-33 in Ronald Tilson and Philip J. Nyhus, (eds.), Tigers of the World, 2nd ed., Elsevier, San Diego.

Hostetler, J. A., J. W. McCown, E. P. Garrison, A. M. Neils, M. E. Sunquist, S. L. Simek and M. K. Oli. 2009. Demographic consequences of habitat fragmentation: Florida black bears in north-central Florida. Biological Conservation 142: 2456-2463.

Sunquist, M. E. and F. Sunquist. 2009. Family Felidae. Pages 54-168, in Wilson, D. E. and Mittermier, R. A. (eds.). Handbook of the Mammals of the World. Vol. 1. Carnivores. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Dobey, S., D. V. Masters, B. K. Scheick, J. D. Clark, M. R. Pelton and M. E. Sunquist. 2005. Ecology of Florida black bears in the Okefenokee-Osceola Ecosystem. Wildllife Monographs No. 158. 41 pp.

Thornton, D. H., M. E. Sunquist and M. B. Main. 2004. Ecological separation within newly sympatric populations of coyotes and bobcats in south-central Florida. Journal of Mammalogy 85: 973-982.

Kawanishi, K. and M. E. Sunquist. 2004. Conservation status of tigers in a primary rainforest of Peninsular Malaysia. Biological Conservation 120: 329-344.

Freedman, A. H., K. M. Portier and M. E. Sunquist. 2003. Life history analysis for black bears (Ursus americanus) in a changing demographic landscape. Ecological Modeling 167: 47-64.

Scognamillo, D., I. Maxit, M. E. Sunquist and J. Polisar. 2003. Coexistence of jaguar (Panthera onca) and puma (Puma concolor) in a mosaic landscape in the Venezuelan llanos. Journal Zoology, London 259: 269-279.

Gardner, A. and M. E. Sunquist. 2003. Opossums. Pages 3-29, in Feldhammer, G. A., B. C. Thompson, and J. A. Chapman (eds.). Wild Mammals of North America, 2nd ed. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Sunquist, M. E. and F. C. Sunquist. 2002. Wild Cats of the World. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 416 pp.

Sanderson, J., M. E. Sunquist and A. Iriarte. 2002. Natural history and landscape-use of guignas (Oncifelis guigna) on Isla Grande Chiloe, Chile. Journal Mammalogy 83: 608-613.

Ray, J. and M. E. Sunquist. 2001. Ecological separation within an African forest carnivore community. Oecologia 127: 395-408.

Farrell, L. E., J. Roman, and M. E. Sunquist. 2000. Dietary separation of sympatric carnivores identified by molecular analysis of scats. Molecular Ecology 9: 1583-1590.

Karanth, K. U., and M. E. Sunquist. 2000. Behavioral correlates of predation by tiger (Panthera tigris), leopard (Panthera pardus) and dhole (Cuon alpinus) in Nagarahole, India. J. Zoology 250: 255-265.

Karanth, K. U., and M. E. Sunquist. 1995. Prey selection by tiger, leopard, and dhole in tropical forests. Journal Animal Ecology 64: 439-450.

Austad, S. N., and M. E. Sunquist. 1986. Sex-ratio manipulation in the common opossum. Nature 324: 58-60.

Sunquist, M. E. 1981. The social organization of tigers (Panthera tigris) in Royal Chitawan National Park, Nepal. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 336: 1-98.