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Hunters of the Grasslands: Badgers vs. Rattlesnakes
February 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Dr. Karl Larsen, Professor,
Department of Natural Resource Sciences, TRU
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Much of Dr. Larsen’s recent research has focused on the conservation challenges facing the North American badger and the Northern Pacific rattlesnake, two smaller predators inhabiting the grasslands surrounding Kamloops.
These two animals, both amazing in their own right, create havoc for common prey species such as rodents. Dr. Larsen will talk about how the major physiological differences of these two animals shape their hunting strategies.
Both do their job in different, but very efficient, ways. Badgers vs. rattlesnakes!!!
Dr. Karl Larsen grew up in Revelstoke, and completed his BSc degree at UVic. A childhood love of snakes prompted him to stay at UVic and complete an MSc degree, studying garter snakes in the Northwest Territories. He completed his PhD at the University of Alberta, this time working on red squirrels (another childhood favourite!). After working for a few years with a forestry company in northern Alberta, he took a faculty position at Thompson Rivers University. Dr. Larsen and his students have studied a variety of animals ranging from goshawks to pikas to turtles to spadefoots, mink, pillbugs, and of course, squirrels.