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Enjoy this "live chat" recorded Friday, September 19th, with hippo researchers Dr. Douglas McCauley and Francis Joyce. We are still monitoring this stream--if you have further questions for Doug or Francis--post them in the discussion thread below and we'll get back to you with answers.
Dr. Doug McCauley is an ecologist whose interests have carried him around the world working in a wide range of different systems. He has studied vampire bats in Costa Rica, snakes in California, sharks and manta rays in the Pacific, and now hippos at the Mpala Research Centre in Kenya.
Research in the McCauley Lab centers upon understanding the rules that govern how natural ecosystems work and how humans may be changing these rules.
Doug has been working at Mpala for more than a decade. His current research is aimed as describing how hippos link up the ecology of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems by moving vast amounts of nutrients across ecosystem boundaries. Dr. McCauley studied at Berkeley and Stanford and currently is an Assistant Professor at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Francis Joyce manages the operations of the McCauley lab at UCSB. He previously assisted with field research on the ecosystem effects of hippos at the Mpala Research Centre. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2013 with a B.A. in Biology.
Submit your questions for the Q&A in the comments section below.
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Dr. Doug McCauley (left) and Francis Joyce (right)