James W. Cain, III
Title: Assistant Leader - Wildlife and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Research area: Wildlife-habitat Relationships, Large Mammal Ecology, Wildlife Management and Conservation
Office location: Knox 123
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone: 575-646-3382
Office Fax: 575-646-1281
- Ph.D., Wildlife and Fisheries Science, University of Arizona, 2006
- M.S., Biological Conservation, California State University-Sacramento, 2001
- B.S., Biological Science, Colorado State University, 1997
- 2010-Present: Assistant Unit Leader-Wildlife, New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, New Mexico State University
- 2010-Present: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology, New Mexico State University
- 2010-Present: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, New Mexico State University
- 2010-Present: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department Biological and Environmental Science, Texas A&M University-Commerce
- 2008-Present: Honorary Research Fellow, Center for African Ecology, School of Animal, Plant & Environmental Science, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- 2008-2010: Assistant Professor, Department Biological and Environmental Science, Texas A&M University-Commerce
- 2006-2008: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for African Ecology, School of Animal, Plant & Environmental Science, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Research Interests: My research interests are primarily in wildlife-habitat relationships, population ecology, and the influence of management practices on native wildlife species. I am interested in using a rigorous scientific approach to address applied questions related to ecology, conservation and management of large mammals and birds.
- Effects of environmental heterogeneity on habitat selection, resource use, movements and the landscape-level distribution of large mammals. Specifically I am interested in how spatial and temporal variation in habitat characteristics, resources and constraints on resource use (e.g., predation risk) influence the movement, habitat selection and distribution of large mammals at multiple spatial scales.
- Influence of habitat characteristics and resources on demographic rates and the subsequent influence on population ecology.
- Impact of natural resource management activities on wildlife populations.
Current Research Projects:
- Estimation of black bear densities in New Mexico using noninvasive genetic analyses.
- Survival and cause-specific mortality of neonatal desert bighorn sheep in New Mexico.
- Influence of livestock grazing on activity budgets and foraging efficiency of desert bighorn sheep.
- Responses of large mammals to forest restoration treatments in the southwest Jemez Mountains, New Mexico.
- Distribution and habitat selection/space use of migratory and resident golden eagles in areas with high potential for wind energy development in New Mexico.
- Elk calf survival and cause-specific mortality in the Blue Range Mexican Wolf Recovery Area.
- Influence of ecosystem heterogeneity and predation risk by lions on multi-scale habitat selection and resource use of wildebeest and zebra in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
- Comparative habitat selection of puku and lechwe antelope in Chobe National Park, Botswana.
- Conservation and management of declining populations of rare antelope in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.
- Conkling, T.J., T.L. Pope, K.N. Smith, H.A. Mathewson, M.L. Morrison, R.N. Wilkins, and J.W. Cain, III. 2012. Analysis of the black-capped vireo nest predator assemblage. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:1401-1411.
- Macandza, V.A., N. Owen-Smith, and J.W. Cain, III. 2012. Habitat and resource partitioning between abundant and relatively rare grazing ungulates. Journal of Zoology 287:175-185.
- Smith, K.N., M.L. Morrison, J.W. Cain, III, and R.N. Wilkins. 2012. Nesting ecology of the black- capped vireo in southwest Texas. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:277-285.
- Macandza, V.A., N. Owen-Smith, and J.W. Cain, III. 2012. Dynamic spatial partitioning and coexistence among tall grass grazers in an African savanna. Oikos 121:891-898.
- Cain, J.W., III, N. Owen-Smith, and V.A. Macandza. 2012. The costs of drinking: relative water dependency of sable antelope and zebra. Journal of Zoology 286.58-67.
- Smith, K.N., J.W. Cain, III, M.L. Morrison, and R.N. Wilkins. 2012. A Novel Songbird Nest Predator: The Greater Arid Land Katydid. American Midland Naturalist 167:210-212.
- Flesch, A.D., C.W. Epps, J.W. Cain, III, M. Clark, P.R. Krausman, and J.R.Morgart. 2010. Potential effects of the United States-Mexico Border fence on wildlife. Conservation Biology 24:171-181.
- Marshal, J.P., J.W. Cain, III, V.C. Bleich, and S.S. Rosenstock. 2009. Intrinsic and extrinsic sources of variation in the dynamics of large herbivore populations. Canadian Journal of Zoology 87:103-111.
- Smith, S.M. and J.W. Cain, III. 2009. Foraging efficiency and vigilance behaviour of impala: the influence of herd size and neighbor density. African Journal of Ecology 47:109-118.
- Cain, J.W., III, P.R. Krausman, J.R. Morgart, B.D. Jansen, and M.B. Pepper. 2008. Responses of desert bighorn sheep to the removal of water sources. Wildlife Monographs 171.
- Magome, H., J.W. Cain, III, N. Owen-Smith, and S.R. Henley. 2008. Forage selection of sable antelope in Pilanesberg Game Reserve, South Africa. South African Journal of Wildlife Research 38:35-41.
- Owen-Smith, N. and J.W. Cain, III. 2007. Indicators of adaptive responses in home range utilization and movement patterns by a large mammalian herbivore. Israel Journal of Ecology & Evolution 53:423-438.
- Cain, J.W., III, K.S. Smallwood, H.L. Loffland, and M.L. Morrison. 2006. Influence of mammal activity on nesting success of passerines. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:522-531.
- Cain, J.W., III, H.E. Johnson, and P.R. Krausman. 2005. Wildfire and desert bighorn sheep habitat, Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona. Southwestern Naturalist 50:506-513.
- Cain, J.W., III, M.L. Morrison, and H.L. Bombay. 2003. Influence of predator activity on the nest success of willow flycatchers and yellow warblers. Journal of Wildlife Management 67:600-610.