I am a Carnivore biologist. I have studied black bear ecology across the state of Florida. AMA!
Hi everyone, my name is Don W. Hardeman Jr. and I am a Master's student at the University of Florida.
The focus of my research at UF is on understanding the effects of the human-dominated landscape on the behavior of female Florida black bears.
I have worked around the country on projects involving wolves and beaver in Minnesota, Pacific fishers in the Sierra National Forest, disease ecology of raccoons in Indiana, movement ecology of Desert kit foxes in the Mojave desert of California, bats in the Eastern US, etc.
My research interests include movement ecology, spatial ecology, carnivore ecology and conservation, and human-wildlife conflict.
I am also a Black bear research biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
I enjoy live music, archery, hiking, reading, wildlife photography, cooking and baking, and good conversation.
I am doing this as part of an AMA series with the University of Florida/IFAS Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.
Don's done now (after 12 hours--a marathon AMA!). If you want to learn more about black bears in Florida, check out the IFAS extension page on living alongside these interesting animals. --Rhett