Publications

 
 

Creel, S., W. Matandiko, P.Schuette, E.Rosenblatt, C. Sanguinetti, K.Banda, M.Vinks and M.S.Becker. In Review. Changes in large carnivore diets over the past half-century reveal depletion of large prey. Journal of Applied Ecology

 

Mweetwa, T., D.Christianson, M.S. Becker, S.Creel, E.Rosenblatt, J. Merkle, E.Droge, H.Mwape, J.Masonde, and T. Simpamba. In Review. Quantifying lion demographic responses during a three-year moratorium on trophy hunting.  PLOS1.

 

Rosenblatt, E., S.Creel, P.A. Schuette, M.S.Becker, D.Christianson, E.Droge, and J.M’soka.  In Review.  Do protection gradients alone explain changes in herbivore densities? An example with four ungulate species in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley.

 

Schuette, P., N. Namukonde, M.S.Becker, F.Watson, S.Creel, C. Chifunte, W. Matandiko, P. Millhouser, E.Rosenblatt, and C. Sanguinetti. In Press. Boots on the ground: In defense of low-tech, inexpensive, and robust survey methods for Africa’s under-funded protected areas. Biodiversity and Conservation.

 

Becker, M.S., S.M. Durant, F.G.R. Watson, M. Parker, D. Gottelli, J. M’soka, E.Droge, M. Nyirenda, P.Schuette, S.Dunkley and R. Brummer. 2017. Using dogs to find cats: detection dogs as a survey method for wide-ranging cheetah. Journal of Zoology http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jzo.12445/full

 

Creel, S., E.Droge, J.M’soka, D.Smit, M.S.Becker, D.Christianson, and P.Schuette. 2017. The relationship between direct predation and antipredator responses: a test with multiple predators and multiple prey. Ecology. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ecy.1885/full

 

Droge, E., S. Creel, M.S. Becker, and J. M’soka. 2017. Measuring the ‘landscape of fear’: risky times and risky places interact to affect response of prey. Nature Ecology and Evolution. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-017-0220-9

 

Droge, E., S. Creel, M.S. Becker, and J. M’soka. 2017. Spatial and temporal avoidance of risk within a large carnivore guild. Ecology and Evolution: 7: 189–199. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2616 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.2616/full

 

M’soka, J., S.Creel, M.S. Becker, and J.Murdoch. 2017.  Ecological and anthropogenic effects on the distribution and abundance of migratory and resident ungulates in a human-inhabited protected area. African Journal of Ecology. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aje.12398/full

 

Creel, S., J. M’soka, E.Droge, E.G. Rosenblatt, M.S.Becker, W. Matandiko, and T. Simpamba. 2016. Assessing the sustainability of African lion trophy hunting, with recommendations for policy. Ecological Applications 26:2347-2357 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/eap.1377/full

 

Durant, S.M., Mitchell, N., Groom, R., Pettorelli, N., Ipavec, A., Jacobson, A., Woodroffe, R., Bohm, M., Hunter, L., Bashir, S., Broekuis, F., Becker, M., Andresen, L., Aschenborn, O., Beddiaf, M., Belbachir, F., Belbachir-Bazi, A., Berbash, A. Brandao de Matos Machado, I., Breitenmoser, C., Chege, M., Cilliers, D., Davies-Mostert, H., Dickman, A., Fabiano, E., Farhadinia, M., Funston, P., Henschel, P., Horgan, J., de Iongh, H., Jowkar, H., Klein, R., Lindsey, P., Marker, L., Marnewick, K., Melzheimer, J., Merkle, J., Msoka, J., Msuha, M., O'Neill, H., Parker, M., Purchase, G., Saidu, Y., Samaila, S., Samna, A., Schmidt-Kuentzel, A., Selebatso, E., Sogbohossou , E., Soultan, A., Stone, E., van der Meer, E., van Vuuren, R., Wykstra, M., and Young-Overton, K. 2016. Disappearing spots: the global decline of cheetah and what it means for conservation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114: 528-533. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12415/full

 

Miller, J.R.B., G. Balme, P.A.Lindsey, A. Loveridge, M.S. Becker, C. Begg, H. Brink, S. Dolrenry, J.E. Hunt, I. Jansson, D.W. Macdonald, R.L. Mandisodza-Chikerema, A. Oriol Cotterill, C.Packer, D. Rosengren, M. Trinkel, P.A. White, C. Winterbach, H.E.K.,Winterbach, K.Stratford and P.Funston. 2016. Aging traits and sustainable trophy hunting of African lions. Biological Conservation. 201:160-168. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320716302671

 

M’soka, J., S.Creel, M.S. Becker and E.Droge. 2016. Spotted hyaena survival and density in a lion depleted ecosystem: The effects of prey availability, humans and competition between large carnivores in African savannahs. Journal of Applied Ecology. 201:348-355. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320716302750

 

Rosenblatt, E., S.Creel, M.Becker, J. Merkle, H. Mwape, P. Schuette, and T. Simpamba. 2016. Effects of a protection gradient on carnivore density and survival: an example with leopards in the Luangwa valley, Zambia. Ecology and Evolution. 6:3772-3785. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.2155/full

 

Creel, S., Becker, M.S., D. Christianson, E. Droge, N. Hammerschlag, M.W. Hayward, U. Karanth, A.Loveridge, D.W. Macdonald, W.Matandiko, J. M’soka, D.Murray, E.Rosenblatt, P.Schuette. 2015. Questionable policy for large carnivore hunting.  Science 350:  1473-1475.http://science.sciencemag.org/content/350/6267/1473?ijkey=MyytU6s3AMMAw&keytype=ref&siteid=sci

 

Durant, S.M., Becker, M.S., Bashir, S., Creel, S., Dickman, A.J., Beudels-Jamar, R.C., Lichtenfeld, L., Hilborn, R., Wall, J., Wittemyer, G., Badamjav L., Blake, S., Boitani, L., Breitenmoser, C., Broekhuis, F., Christianson, D., Cozzi, G., Davenport, T.R.B., Deutsch, J., Devillers, P., Dollar, L., Dolrenry, S., Douglas-Hamilton, I., Dröge, E., FitzHerbert, E., Foley, C., Hazzah, L., Hopcraft, J.G.C., Ikanda, D., Jacobson, A., Joubert, D., Kelly, M.J., Milanzi, J., Mitchell, N., M’Soka, J., Msuha, M., Mweetwa, T., Nyahongo, J., Rosenblatt, E., Schuette, P., Sillero-Zubiri, C., Sinclair, A.R.E., Stanley-Price, M. R., Zimmermann, A., Pettorelli, N. 2015.  Developing fencing policies for dryland ecosystems. Journal of Applied Ecology. 52:544-551. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12415/full

 

Lindsey, P.; Nyirenda, V. ; Barnes, J.; Becker, M.S.; McRobb, R.; Tambling, C.; Taylor, A.;   Watson, F, T’Sas-Rolfes, M. 2014. Underperformance of African protected area networks and the case for new conservation models: Insights from Zambia.  PLOS. 9:1-14. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0094109

 

Rosenblatt E., Becker M., Creel S., Dröge E., Mweetwa T., Schuette P., Watson F., Merkle J, and Mwape H. 2014. Detecting declines of apex carnivores and evaluating their causes: an example with Zambian lions.  Biological Conservation 180: 176-186. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320714003875

 

Watson, F., M.S. Becker, J. Milanzi, and M. Nyirenda. 2014. Assessing Human Encroachment Trends in Protected Area Networks Using Land Use Change Data: Implications for Large Carnivore Conservation. Regional Environmental Change 15:415-429. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10113-014-0629-5

 

Williams, B.M., A. Berentsen, B. C. Shock, M. Teixeira M. R. Dunbar, M. S. Becker, and M. J. Yabsley. 2014. Prevalence and diversity of Babesia, Hepatozoon, Ehrlichia, and Bartonella in wild and domestic carnivores from Zambia, Africa. Parasitology Research 113: 911-918. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00436-013-3722-7

 

Becker, M.S., R. McRobb, F. Watson, E.Droge, B. Kanyembo, J. Murdoch, and C. Kakumbi, 2013. Evaluating wire-snare poaching trends and the impacts of by-catch on elephants and large carnivores. Biological Conservation 158:26-36. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320712003722

 

Becker, M.S., F. Watson, E.Droge, K. Leigh, R.Carlson and A.A. Carlson. 2013. Estimating Past and Future Male Loss in Three Zambian Lion Populations. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:128-142.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jwmg.446/full

 

Berentsen, A.R., M.R. Dunbar, M.S.Becker, J. M’soka, E. Droge, N. Sakuya, W. Matandiko, R. McRobb, and C.A. Hanlon. 2013.  Rabies, canine distemper and canine parvovirus exposure in large carnivore communities from two Zambian ecosystems.  Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 13:643-649. http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/vbz.2012.1233

 

Creel, S., Becker, M.S., Durant, S.M., M’Soka, J., Matandiko, W., Dickman, A.J., Christianson, D.,  Dröge, E., Mweetwa, T., Pettorelli, N., Rosenblatt, E., Schuette, P., Woodroffe, R., Bashir, S., Beudels-Jamar, R.C., Blake, S., Borner, M., Breitenmoser, Broekhuis, F., C., Cozzi, G., Davenport, T.R.B., Deutsch, J., Dollar, L., Dolrenry, S., Douglas-Hamilton, I., Fitzherbert, E. Foley, C., Hazzah, L., Henschel, P., Hilborn, R., Hopcraft, J.G.C., Ikanda, D., Jacobson, A., Joubert, B., Joubert, D., Kelly, M.S., Lichtenfeld, L., Mace, G.M., Milanzi, J., Mitchell, N., Msuha, M., Muir, R., Nyahongo, J., Pimm, S., Purchase, G., Schenck, C., Sillero-Zubiri, C., Sinclair, A.R.E., Songorwa, A.N.,  Stanley-Price, M., Tehou, J., A., Trout, C., Wall, J., Wittemyer, G., Zimmermann, A.  2013. Conserving large populations of lions – the argument for fences has holes.  Ecology Letters 16: 1413-e3. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ele.12145/full

 

Creel, S. and Rosenblatt, E. 2013. Using pedigree reconstruction to estimate population size: genotypes are more than individually unique marks. Ecology and Evolution 3: 1294-1304.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.538/full

 

Creel, S., J. A. Winnie Jr., and D. Christianson. 2013. Underestimating the frequency, strength and cost of antipredator responses with data from GPS collars: an example with wolves and elk. Ecology and Evolution 2013; 3(16): 5189–5200.  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.896/full

 

Halloran, K., J.D. Murdoch, and M.S. Becker. 2013. Applying computer-aided photo-identification to messy datasets: a case study of Thornicroft’s giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis thornicrofti). African Journal of Ecology. 11:1-8  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aje.12145/full

 

Lindsey, P., Balme, G., Becker, M., Begg, C., Bento, C., Bocchino, C., Dickman, A., Diggle, R., Eves, H., Fearnhead, P., Henschel, P., Lewis, D., Marnewick, K., Mattheus, J., McNutt, J.W., McRobb, R., Midlane, N., Milanzi, J., Morley, R., Murphree, M., Nyoni, P., Opyene, V., Phadima, J., Purchase, N., Rentsch, D., Roche, C., Shaw, J.,  van der Westhuizen, H., Van Vliet, N., Zisadza, P. 2013. Illegal hunting and the bush-meat trade in African savannas: drivers, impacts and possible solutions.  Biological Conservation 160:80-96. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320712005186

 

Watson, F., M.S. Becker, R. McRobb, and B. Kanyembo. 2013. Spatial Patterns of Wire-Snare Poaching: Implications for Community Conservation in National Park Buffer Zones.  Biological Conservation. 168:1-9.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320713003121

 

 

Berentsen, A.R., M. S. Becker, H.Stockdale-Walden, W. Matandiko, R. McRobb, M.Dunbar.  2012. Survey of gastrointestinal parasite infection in African lion (Panthera leo), African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) and spotted hyaena (Crocuta crocuta) in the Luangwa Valley, Zambia . African Zoology 47:363-368. http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.3377/004.047.0204

 

Riggio, J., A. Jacobson, L.Dollar, H. Bauer, M. Becker, A. Dickman, P. Funston, R. Groom, P. Henschel, H. de Iongh, L. Lichtenfeld, and S. Pimm.  2012. The size of savannah Africa: a lion’s (Panthera leo) view.  Biodiversity and Conservation 22:17-35.  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-012-0381-4?hc_location=ufi