Karen E. Hodges

The University of British Columbia
Okanagan campus


Habitat Selection

One of my joys while doing fieldwork is seeing the unexpected. For example, although models of habitat selection are frequently sophisticated, these photos suggest that sometimes our ideas about habitat selection are challenged by the animals themselves.  

  • willow

    Sometimes, we are confident about predicting where we might findparticular kinds of animals. I have personally never seen moose in the willow flats near this sign in Yellowstone National Park, but have seen moose in many other locations in the Park.

  • elk

    These elk are spending a lazy afternoon on some old travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park.

  • marmot

    This marmot is one of a family that inhabited the areas around this shed in Yellowstone National Park.

  • chipmunk

    This chipmunk, who resides in Norris geyser basin in Yellowstone, spent part of the morning as an arboreal chipmunk.

  • gulls

    Human-made structures can be comfortable resting spots,as these gulls on the Oregon coast demonstrate.

Last reviewed shim5/8/2013 7:28:52 PM