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Fab Four: Beetles, Big Cats, Bears and Biodiversity

In our new paper, published in Oecologia, we highlight the ecosystem engineering role of pumas for beetle communities. Here, we emphasized that pumas provide crucial carcass “habitat” for beetle species during important life history events.

Article reposted from Panthera

Joshua Barry ’19, has recently published a paper entitled, “Pumas as ecosystem engineers: ungulate carcasses support beetle assemblages in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem“, co-authored with fellow Pace student Anna Kusler ’18, and Pace faculty members Matthew Aiello-Lammens, PhD, and Melissa Grigione, PhD. Joshua wrote a blog post discussing the paper originally published in Oecologia in which the authors highlight the ecosystem engineering role of pumas for beetle communities. Read the full post here

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Joshua Barry

Joshua Barry

Graduate Researcher

Joshua Barry is a Masters in Environmental Science student at Pace University. His thesis research (pumas as ecosystem engineers) is conducted along with the Panthera Puma Program, lead by Dr. Mark Elbroch. His research interests are in large carnivore ecosystem function, with a special interest in food webs and how scavenger communities change over time at predator-provided resources.