Project Title: Effectiveness of Trail Cameras for Wildlife Species Detection Under Various Conditions

Faculty Sponsor: Karmen Hollis-Etter

Department: Biology

Telephone: 810.762.3098

E-Mail: kahollis@umflint.edu

Student in mind: No

Number of hours to work per week: 1-6 hours

Project Description: Trail cameras are being used to detect wildlife species, collect demographic information, and observe animal behavior in wildlife research.  However, the basic assumption in all studies is cameras collect all the species of interest as they are encountered.  Many brands of trail cameras contain different features (i.e., motion sensors, time lag between photographs, etc.) which may alter the detection of wildlife species between encounters.  Students will assist in completing a literature review on the present use of trail cameras in wildlife research as well as an internet review of camera manufacturers and their products.  Manufactures will also be contacted about their interest in participating in this project.  Results of this background work will be used to develop a research proposal for potential funding agencies.

Student Tasks & Responsibilities: 1.  Relevant literature search  2.  Internet search of trail camera manufacturers 3.  Communicate with professional companies 4.  Meet and communicate with faculty advisor and research investigators

Minimum Student Qualifications: 1.  Detail oriented 2.  Communication skills  3.  Conduct professional literature search (preferred but not required)  4.  Interest in wildlife biology