Research

Few scientists have taken an active approach in researching the coyote in its natural environment. Those that have, have contributed a wealth of information that has helped not only our facility in furthering our educational purpose, but to society in helping diminish commonly held misconceptions, allowing people to have a more realistic grasp on how these animals live and how we can live with them among us.  Each of these researchers and their articles, have a unique perspective on different aspects of the coyote. Please take the time to broaden your knowledge on the unique contribution the North American Coyote brings to our environment by clicking on one of the provided links below.

Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., is a former Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and co-founder with Jane Goodall of Ethologists for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has won many awards for his scientific research including the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Marc has published more than 1000 essays (popular, scientific, and book chapters), 30 books, and has edited three encyclopedias. His books include the Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare, The Ten Trusts (with Jane Goodall), the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, the Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships, Minding Animals, Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflections on Redecorating Nature, The Emotional Lives of Animals, Animals Matter, Animals at Play: Rules of the Game (a children’s book), Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals (with Jessica Pierce), The Animal Manifesto: Six Reasons For Increasing Our Compassion Footprint, Ignoring Nature No More: The Case For Compassionate Conservation, Jasper’s Story: Saving Moon Bears (with Jill Robinson), Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed: The Fascinating Science of Animal Intelligence, Emotions, Friendship, and Conservation, and Rewilding Our Hearts: Building Pathways of Compassion and Coexistence. The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall (edited with Dale Peterson) was published in February 2015. In 2005 Marc was presented with The Bank One Faculty Community Service Award for the work he has done with children, senior citizens, and prisoners. In 2009 he was presented with the St. Francis of Assisi Award by the New Zealand SPCA. In 1986 Marc became the first American to win his age-class at the Tour du Haut Var bicycle race (also called the Master’s/age-graded Tour de France). His homepage is marcbekoff.com and with Jane Goodall www.ethologicalethics.org. Twitter @MarcBekoff

Stanley GehrtStanley Gehrt, PhD, is the Associate Professor and Wildlife Extension Specialist for the Illinois Cook County Coyote Project (www.urbancoyoteresearch.com) dedicated to the comprehensive ecological study of coyotes in the Chicago metropolitan area, specifically Cook County, Illinois, to address shortcomings in urban coyote ecology and management. The Urban Coyote Project is currently still underway. Links available below are comprised of research including coyote/human attacks/interactions, Ecology of coyotes in Urban lanscapes, and spatial/temporal variation of urban coyote diets:

Jonathan Way & CoyoteJonathon Way, PhD, earned his doctorate from Boston College directly related to his work on Eastern Coyotes, which differ both physiologically and psychologically from Western Coyotes. As head researcher and director of the organization Eastern Coyote Research (www.easterncoyoteresearch.com), he is also a part time post doctoral researcher with the Yellowstone Ecological Research Center and  author of Suburban Howls.  His unique insight and contribution of research has changed the view of coyotes along the upper Eastern Coast. The links below provide information related to Eastern Coyote social and play behavior, dominance displays among packs, and use of human structures: