Douglas A. Kelt

Professor
Office: 1083 & 1077 Academic Surge
Lab: 1329 Academic Surge
Phone: 4-9481
Alternate Phone: 530-752-5919
Email: dakelt@ucdavis.edu

Research:

Small mammals comprise some 65% of mammal species; of these, only a handful have been studied and fewer yet are understood in terms of conservation needs.  Research in my lab is heavily field-based with extensive capture/recapture efforts for small mammals, biotelemetry to monitor space and habitat use, and both mist-netting and acoustic monitoring to track bat assemblages.  My students are a diverse and independent lot, and currently work on the ecology and conservation needs of terrestrial small mammals and bats in California and Chile, on mesocarnivore ecology and conservation in the Sierra Nevada, and on broader questions of the ecological roles of scavengers in various Paleotropical forests.  California and Chile comprise semi-independent laboratories of evolution, with reciprocal latitudinal arrangement of ecologically similar habitats and climates.  Further research in both systems promises to help understand how they will respond to climate change, an increasing thrust of my lab.

Academic History:

  • 1983 Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA: B.S. Zoology, B.S. Botany, Biology
  • 1989 Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL: M.S. Biology
    “Biogeography and assemblage structure of small mammals across a transition zone in southern Chile.” Advisor: Peter L. Meserve
  • 1995 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM: Ph.D. Biology
    “Assembly of communities over time and space: a modeling approach to macroecological dynamics.” Advisor: James H. Brown

Teaching:

  • WFC 10 - Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Offered every Fall and Spring quarter.
  • WFC 100 - Field Methods in Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology. Offered every Spring quarter.
  • WFC 101/101L - Field Research in Wildlife Ecology. Offered Fall quarter in even numbered years.
  • WFC 110 - Biology and Conservation of Wild Mammals. Offered every Spring quarter.
  • WFC 110L - Laboratory in Biology and Conservation of Wild Mammals. Offered every Spring quarter.

Campus Memberships:

 

Selected Publications:

  • Kelt, D. A., and D. Van Vuren. 2001. The ecology and macroecology of mammalian home range. American Naturalist 157:637-645.
  • Kelt, D. A. 2001. Differential effects of habitat fragmentation on birds and mammals in Valdivian temperate rainforests. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 74:769-777.
  • Kelt, D. A., M. L. Forister, and L. K. Nabors. 2002. Size-specific differences in tail loss and escape behavior in Liolaemus nigromaculatus. Journal of Herpetology 36:322-325.
  • Meserve, P. L., D. A. Kelt, W. B. Milstead, J.R. Gutiérrez. 2003. Thirteen years of shifting top-down and bottom-up control. BioScience 53:633-646.
  • Kelt, D. A., P. L. Meserve, M. L. Forister, L. K. Nabors, and J. R. Gutiérrez. 2004. Seed predation by birds and small mammals in semiarid Chile. Oikos 104:133-141.
  • Kelt, D. A., P. L. Meserve, L. K. Nabors, M. L. Forister, and J. R. Gutiérrez. 2004. Foraging ecology of small mammals in semiarid Chile; the interplay of biotic and abiotic effects. Ecology 85:383-397.
  • Holmgren, M., P. Stapp, C. R. Dickman, C. Gracia, S. Graham, J. R. Guteérrez, C. Hice, F. Jaksic, D. A. Kelt, M. Letnic, M. Lima, B. C. López, P. L. Meserve, W. B. Milstead, G. A. Polis, M. A. Previtali, M. Richter, S. Sabaté, and F. A. Squeo. 2006. A synthesis of ENSO effects on drylands in Australia, North America and South America. Advances in Geosciences 6:69-72.
  • Holmgren, M., P. Stapp, C. R. Dickman, C. Gracia, S. Graham, J. R. Gutiérrez, C. Hice, F. Jaksic, D. A. Kelt, M. Letnic, M. Lima, B. C. López, P. L. Meserve, W. B. Milstead, G. A. Polis, M. A. Previtali, M. Richter, S. Sabaté, and F. A. Squeo. 2006. Extreme climatic events shape arid and semiarid ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4:87-95.
  • Kelt, D. A., E. P. Lessa, J. A. Salazar-Bravo, and J. L. Patton (eds.). 2007. The quintessential naturalist: honoring the life and legacy of Oliver P. Pearson. University of California Publications in Zoology 134:1-987. Orland, M. C., and D. A. Kelt. Comparative responses of a heteromyid rodent community to large- and small-scale resource pulses: implications for diversity, abundance, and home range dynamics. Journal of Mammalogy. Milstead, W. B., P. L. Meserve, A. Campanella, M. A. Previtali, D. A. Kelt, and J. R. Gutiérrez. Spatial ecology of small mammals in north-central Chile: role of precipitation and refuges. Journal of Mammalogy.
  • Kelt, D. A., D. H. Van Vuren, M. S. Hafner, B. J. Danielson, and M. J. Kelly. On the threat of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome to field biologists working with small mammals. Emerging Infectious Diseases.