As a wildlife ecologist, I am interested in better understanding the socio-ecological dynamics of ecosystems to promote human-wildlife coexistence. My research draws on behavioral and community ecology to understand the roles that humans play in ecological systems, and how humans interact with other large mammal species in shared spaces. My dissertation focuses on the effects of human activity on patterns of animal behavior and distribution across spatial and temporal scales. I am interested in how individual animal responses to humans influence fitness and population dynamics, and shape species interactions within communities.
Gaynor, K.M., Brown, J.S., Middleton, A.D., & Power, M.E., & Brashares, J.S. 2019. Landscapes of fear: spatial patterns of risk perception and response. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 34(4): 355-368.
Gaynor, K.M.,Hojnowski, C.E., Carter, N.H., & Brashares, J.S. 2018. The influence of human disturbance on wildlife nocturnality. Science 360(6394): 1232-1235.
Gaynor, K.M., Branco, P.S., Long, R.A., Gonçalves, D., Granli, P., & Poole, J. 2018. Effects of human settlement and roads on diel activity patterns of elephants (Loxodonta africana). African Journal of Ecology 58(4): 872-881.
Brashares, J.B. & Gaynor, K.M. 2017. Eating ecosystems. Science 356(6333): 136-137.
Gaynor, K.M., Fiorella, K., Gregory, G., Kurz, D., Seto, K., Withey, L., & Brashares, J.S. 2016. War and wildlife: linking armed conflict to conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14(10): 533-542.
Gaynor, K.M. & Cords, M. 2012. Antipredator and social monitoring functions of vigilance behavior in blue monkeys. Animal Behaviour 84(3): 531-537.
Honors and Awards
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship 2013