Slowly, slowly, slowly said the moth: a syndrome of mutualism drives the lifestyle of sloths

December 02, 2016, Webb 1100

Jonathan Pauli

UW Madison, Forest and Wildlife Ecology


I am fascinated by the roles that wild mammals play in communities and ecosystems. I broadly describe myself as an ecologist that specializes in mammalian ecology and conservation. My research assesses the effects of large-scale human disturbances and landscape change on mammalian species. I approach these questions through a combination of field work, laboratory experimentation and mathematical modeling . I enjoy actively involving and educating developing scientists in wildlife ecology and biology. My teaching approach integrates hands on experiences in the field and laboratory with interactive lectures and readings from peer-reviewed literature. I'll be discussing the population ecology of tree sloths and, in particular, a series of mutualisms they possess that help them exploit one of the most constrained lifestyles in the vertebrate world.

Speaker's Bio

Professor Pauli’s research focuses on wildlife ecology, teaching at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Pauli graduated form the University of Wyoming with an M.S. in Zoology and Physiology, as well as a Ph.D in Ecology. Currently he works for the department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology which is recognized as a national leader for its substantial contribution to research. The department's goal is to identify and resolve important problems in the biology, conservation, management, and use of forest and wildlife resources through basic and applied research, and to disseminate research results to the scientific community, resource-user groups, and the general public.