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«Curriculum vitae Zach J. Farris, PhD Adjunct Faculty ∞ Postdoc Researcher ∞ Virginia Tech Address: 124 Cheatham Hall Department of Fish and ...»

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Z.J. Farris

Curriculum vitae

Zach J. Farris, PhD

Adjunct Faculty ∞ Postdoc Researcher ∞ Virginia Tech

Address: 124 Cheatham Hall

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 818 0119: Fax (540) 231-7580

Email : zjfarris@vt.edu

Website: www.zachfarris.yolasite.com

Post-doc research: www.maddoginitiative.com

EDUCATION

2014 Ph.D. Virginia Tech (Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Conservation). Dissertation:

“Carnivore ecology across the Masoala-Makira Landscape, Madagascar.” 2006 M.S. University of Arkansas at Little Rock (Wildlife Sciences). Thesis:

“Presence and distribution of Aye-Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) across primary and secondary forest at Ranomafana, Madagascar.” 2003 B.S. University of Central Arkansas (Dept. of Biology).

POST DOCTORAL TRAINING

2014 – present Mad Dog Initiative: Controlling feral dogs to conserve Madagascar’s wildlife.” Collaborating with Dr. Patricia Wright, Centre Valbio & Stony Brook University.

APPOINTMENTS

2015 – Present Adjunct Faculty Virginia Tech (Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Conservation) 2014 – Present Postdoctoral researcher Centre Valbio, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar 2009 – 2014 Graduate Research/Teaching Virginia Tech (Dept. of Fish and Assistant Wildlife Conservation) 2006 – 2009 Instructor University of Arkansas Little Rock (Dept. of Biology) 2 Z.J. Farris 2004 – 2006 Graduate Teaching Assistant University of Arkansas Little Rock (Dept. of Biology) TEACHING EXPERIENCE (course evaluations available upon request) 2015 Population Dynamics & Estimation (Graduate, Undergraudate level) Instructor, Virginia Tech 2013-2014 Wildlife Field Techniques Co-instructor, Virginia Tech 2013-2014 Principles of Fisheries and Wildlife Management and Conservation Teaching Assistant, Virginia Tech

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2012 Population Dynamics and Estimation (Graduate, Undergraudate level) Teaching Assistant, Virginia Tech 2004-2008 Zoology (Lecture and Lab) Instructor, University of Arkansas Little Rock 2004-2008 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II (Lecture and Lab) Instructor, University of Arkansas Little Rock 2008-2009 Evolution (Graduate, Undergraudate level) Instructor, University of Arkansas Little Rock

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2007-2008 Botany (Lecture and Lab) Instructor, University of Arkansas Little Rock 2005-2006 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology Lab Instructor, University of Arkansas Little Rock 2005 Study Abroad Madagascar Volunteer Field Instructor, Ranomafana, Madagascar, Stony Brook Univ.

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PUBLICATIONS

(*undergraduate student; **Malagasy researcher/student counterpart) Peer-Reviewed Farris Z.J., Golden C., Karpanty S., Murphy, A., Stauffer D., **Andrianjakarivelo V.,**Ratelolahy F., and Holmes C, Kelly M.J (2015 a). Hunting, Exotic Carnivores, and Habitat Loss: Anthropogenic Effects on a Native Carnivore Community, Madagascar.

PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0136456.

Farris Z.J., Karpanty S., Kelly M., Murphy A., **Ratelolahy F., and Holmes C. (2015 b).

Spatial co-occurrence and detection of endemic and exotic carnivores in Madagascar:

factors impacting their interactions across the Masoala-Makira landscape. Journal of Animal Conservation, DOI: 10.1111/acv.12233.

Farris Z.J., Gerber B., Kelly M.J., Karpanty S., Murphy, A., and **Andrianjakarivelo V., (2015 c). When the carnivores roam: temporal patterns and partitioning among Madagascar’s native and exotic carnivores. Journal of Zoology 296 (1), 45-57.

Farris Z.J., *Boone H., Karpanty S., Kelly M., and Murphy A. (2015 d). Fitoaty, feral cats, and fossa: the occurrence and impact of the ‘fitoaty’ in Madagascar’s NE rainforests.

Journal of Mammalogy, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyv196 gyv196 Farris Z.J., Karpanty S., **Ratelolahy F., and Kelly M.J. (2014). Predator-primate distribution, activity, and co-occurrence in relation to habitat and human activity across fragmented and contiguous forests in northeastern Madagascar. International Journal of Primatology Vol. 35.5: 859-880.

Farris Z.J., Kelly M., **Andrianjakarivelo V.,**Ratelolahy F., Karpanty S., and Holmes C.

(2012). Confirmation of Brown-tailed mongoose (Salanoia concolor) across Makira Protected Area: Photographic evidence from camera trapping. Small Carnivore Conservation. Vol. 47: 82–86.

Sefczek, T.L., Farris, Z.J., and Wright, P. (2012). Aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) feeding strategies at Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar: An indirect sampling method. Folia Primatologica 83(1):1-10.

Farris Z.J., *T. Sefczek, T.L. Morelli, and P.C. Wright. (2011) Presence and Distribution of Aye-Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) within Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Folia Primatologica 82(2):94-106.

Book Chapters

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Book Reviews Farris Z.J. (2012). Keeping a Field Notebook: A Review of Canfield, Michael R., editor.

2011. Field notes on science & nature. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Journal of Ecology 93(3): 691-692.





Manuscripts In Review/Prep (draft manuscripts available) Brown K ѱ., Farris Z.J., et al. (In Review a). Using multi-variate niche models to assess cooccurrence between toxic prey and naïve predators in insipient invasion. Submitted to Biological Invasions.

ѱ Dual first author Farris Z.J., Kelly M., Karpanty S., Murphy A., **Andrianjakarivelo V.,**Ratelolahy F., and Holmes C. (In Review b). The times are a changin’: Multi-season surveys reveal exotics replace native carnivores in a rainforest community. Submitted to Biological Conservation.

Valenta K., Gettinger-Larson J., Chapman C., and Z.J. Farris. (In Review c). Barking up the right tree: Understanding local attitudes towards dogs in villages surrounding Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar can benefit applied conservation. Submitted to Madagascar Conservation & Development.

Murphy A., Farris Z.J., Kelly M.J., Karpanty S., and **Ratelolahy F. (In Review d). Coalmine canaries: landscape and dynamic trends of Madagascar’s endemic avifauna from photographic data in NE Madagascar. Submitted to Bird Conservation International.

Murphy A., Farris Z.J., Karpanty S., Andrianjakarivelo V., and Kelly M.J. (In Review e).

Flagships in Peril: Habitat Degradation and Trends in Lemur Population Dynamics in Northeastern Madagascar. Submitted to International Journal of Primatology.

Murphy A., Farris Z.J., Karpanty S., Andrianjakarivelo V., and Kelly M.J. (In prep). An unstable prey base: landscape and dynamic occupancy trends of three spiny tenrec (Afrosoricida: Tenrecidae: Tenrecinae) species in northeastern Madagascar.

Murphy A., Farris Z.J., Morin D., Kelly M.J., Karpanty S., **Andrianjakarivelo V., and **Ratelolahy F. (In prep). Fosa density across the Masoala-Makira landscape: A spatial mark-resight modeling approach.

EXTRAMURAL FUNDING & FELLOWSHIPS

Karpanty S., Farris Z.J., and Fraser J. 2015-2016. Effectiveness of a predator removal program on Virginia’s threatened barrier islands, Eastern Shore, VA. The Nature Conservancy $10,000

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Valenta K. and Farris Z.J. 2015-2016. The Mad Dog Initiative: Protecting Madagascar’s lemurs through the humane control of feral dog populations. Goldberg Conservation Grant from the Nacey Maggioncalda Foundation. $15,000 Farris, Z.J. 2014 Conserving Betampona’s Lemurs: Estimating population parameters and investigating co-occurrence with carnivores and humans. St Louis Zoological Park, Field Research for Conservation Grant $9,985 Farris, Z.J. 2014 Madagascar Dog Initiative: Controlling feral dogs to conserve Madagascar’s wildlife at RNP, Madagascar. The Ruffourd Foundation, $9,990.

Farris, Z.J. 2014 Madagascar Dog Initiative: Controlling feral dogs to conserve Madagascar’s wildlife at RNP, Madagascar. Compassionate Conservation International, $1,000 Farris, Z.J. 2013. Carnivore ecology across Masoala-Makira Landscape, Madagascar. Henry Mosby Fellowship, Virginia Tech Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, $1,000.

Farris, Z.J. 2012. Carnivore ecology across Masoala-Makira Landscape, Madagascar. Virginia Tech Chapter of Sigma Xi, Doctoral Research Award. $2,000.

Holmes, C., Kelly, M.J., and Farris, Z.J. 2010-2012. Fosa (Cryptoprocta ferox) radio telemetry across the Makira Protected Area, Madagascar. EAZA Madagascar Campaign $26,000 Farris, Z.J. 2012. Applied Conservation through Education: Presentations and Educational Lectures on Conservation across the Makira region, NE Madagascar. Little Rock Zoo Fund, $500.

Farris, Z.J. 2012. Applied Conservation through Education: Presentations and Educational Lectures on Conservation across the Makira region, NE Madagascar. Anonymous donors, $3,800.

Farris, Z.J. 2012. Carnivore ecology across Masoala-Makira Landscape, Madagascar.

Burd Sheldon McGinnes Graduate Fellowship, Virginia Tech $2,000 Farris, Z.J. 2010-11. Carnivore ecology across Masoala-Makira Landscape, Madagascar.

National Geographic Society-Waitts Grant, $13,500.

Ratelolahy, F., Jaozandry, J.J., and Farris, Z.J. 2010-2011. Carnivore ecology across MasoalaMakira Landscape, Madagascar. People’s Trust for Endangered Species $5,800.

Farris, Z.J. 2010. Carnivore ecology across Masoala-Makira Landscape, Madagascar. Idea Wild Grant Recipient $1,250.

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Farris, Z.J. 2009. Carnivore ecology across Masoala-Makira Landscape, Madagascar.

Cleveland Metroparks Africa Seed Grant $3,150.

Farris, Z.J. 2009. Carnivore ecology across Masoala-Makira Landscape, Madagascar. Idea Wild Grant Recipient $1,250.

Farris, Z.J. 2004-05. Comparing presence of aye-aye across primary and secondary forest at Ranomafana National Park and Nosy Mangabe Reserve, Madagascar. Arkansas Game and Fish Conservation Scholar $8,000.

GRANTS PENDING

Carnivores, lemurs, and exotics: Advancing conservation through camera surveys and modelling across Madagascar’s protected areas. National Geographic Committee on Research and Exploration $25,000 Madagascar Dog Initiative: Controlling feral dogs to conserve Madagascar’s wildlife at RNP.

National Geographic Conservation Grant $25,000 Predators and Primates: Photo-surveys and line transect sampling of carnivores and lemurs across the Makira Natural Park, Madagascar. Cleveland Metroparks Grant $5,800 Carnivores, lemurs, and exotics: Advancing conservation through camera surveys and modelling across Madagascar’s protected areas. Mohammed Bin Zayed Fund $20,000

RESEARCH INTERESTS & EXPERIENCE

Research Interests:

 Using innovative, non-invasive techniques to study rare, elusive species  Population modeling, mark-recapture analyses (density, survival, occupancy, co-occurrence)  Species interactions (via co-occurrence and co-detection modeling)  Carnivore ecology and predator-prey dynamics  Anthropogenic effects on biodiversity, species richness, animal movement, and health  Human-wildlife conflict and poaching  Invasive species biology  Conservation through education

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“Carnivore ecology across the Masoala-Makira Landscape, Madagascar.” Masoala and Makira, Madagascar 2009-2014 Principle Investigator  Photographic sampling of carnivores, invasive species, and humans and transect sampling of lemurs across fragmented and contiguous forest sites in the Masoala-Makira landscape.

 Population modeling of native and exotic carnivores (density, occupancy, survival, recruitment, species richness)  Landscape (ArcGIS, Erdas IMAGINE, FragStats) and micro-habitat sampling.

 Training and advising for seven Malagasy assistants and 12 international undergraduate students.

 A total of $78,450 secured as PI in grant writing, as well as six manuscripts published and five in review relating to this research.

“Modeling the effects of the invasive Asian common toad of Madagascar’s endemic carnivore community across eastern rainforest habitat” Multiple sites, Madagascar 2014-present Co-PI  Ecological niche modeling to investigate the co-occurrence between newly introduced, toxic Asian common toad and Madagascar’s native carnivores.

 Recommendations and insight on the conservation and management efforts surrounding this new incipient, biological invasion in Madagascar.

“Madagascar Dog Initiative: Controlling feral dogs to conserve Madagascar’s wildlife at Ranomafana National Park Madagascar” Ranomafana, Madagascar 2013-present Principle Investigator  Expansive capture, neuter/spay, and vaccination program for domestic and feral dogs living around the villages bordering Ranomafana National Park.

 Photographic sampling of carnivores and line transect sampling of lemurs to monitor the response of wildlife populations to feral dog removal.

 Population modeling of native wildlife and invasive dogs using historical and current survey data.

 Villages surveys to understand the role of dogs and investigate why dogs are allowed to go feral across this region of Madagascar.

“Providing the missing pieces for one of Madagascar’s top conservation sites: Estimating carnivore and lemur populations at the Betampona Reserve, Madagascar.” Betampona Reserve, Madagascar 2013-present Principle Investigator

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“The effects of poaching and bushmeat hunting on tenrec populations in Makira Natural Park, Madagascar” Makira Natural Park, Madagascar 2012-2015 Co-PI  Combining village-based surveys of bushmeat hunting and consumption with tenrec population modeling to investigate the impacts of hunting on populations in the Makira Natural Park.

 Contributing to a larger project investigating the importance and/or effects of poaching and bushmeat consumption for humans and wildlife across three African countries (Chris Golden, Harvard University and WCS).



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