2022 Distinguished Lecture by a Student: Wenjing Xu
Advised by Lynn Huntsinger & Arthur Middleton
“Hindered Hooves and the Wires that Bind Them”
ESPM Distinguished Graduate Student Lecture, May 3rd, 4-5 pm at 132 Mulford & Zoom (link here)
Wenjing Xu is a graduating Ph.D. student in wildlife ecology and rangeland ecology. She is broadly interested in the responses of wildlife to environmental change and the social-ecological dynamics in shared landscapes. Her dissertation research focuses on a ubiquitous but understudied linear infrastructure, fencing, and its effects on wide-ranging herbivores on rangelands. In this lecture (also her finishing talk), she will examine the social and ecological complexities of fenced rangelands. Using pronghorn and mule deer in southwest Wyoming as an example, she will discuss the multi-scale effects of livestock fencing on wildlife movement behavior, space use, and survival, and how these understandings can promote conservation on the ground. The long-term goal of her work is to contribute to the discussion on how to keep landscapes working for both humans and nature.
Learn about Wenjing’s research, mentoring, photography and more at https://www.wenjing-xu.com/