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Johan Du Toit

Johan Du Toit

Ecology/Wildland Resources

Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: NR 206
IconPhone: 435-797-2837 (voicemail)
IconEmail: johan.dutoit@usu.edu

Emphasis

Ecology and conservation of large mammals in terrestrial ecosystems

Biography

My research interests are diverse, but I focus mainly on the ecology of large mammals in terrestrial ecosystems. My particular interests include interactions among species of different body size within trophic guilds, interactions between ungulates and their food plants, and differences in behavior, diet, and habitat use among sex and age classes within large mammal populations. Together with my students and postdocs, I investigate these topics by conducting field studies on indigenous ungulates and large predators in southern African savannas and western American rangelands. An emerging theme of my research and publications is the conservation of terrestrial ecosystem processes through the fusion of science and management.

Doctoral students:
Gavin Cotterill - Brucellosis epidemiology in elk
Peter Tyrrell - Savanna ecosystem dynamics at the livestock-wildlife interface

Courses:
WILD 4500 - Principles of Wildlife Management
WILD 7000 - Theory and Applications of Wildland Ecosystem Management

Edited books:
Rewilding - British Ecological Society and Cambridge University Press
Wild Rangelands - Zoological Society of London and Wiley-Blackwell
Elephants and Savanna Woodlands - Zoological Society of London and Wiley-Blackwell
The Kruger Experience - Island Press

Biodata and publications:
Curriculum vitae
Google Scholar
ResearchGate

Science communication samples:
Podcast - ZSL Wild Science #018: Rewilding in a changing climates
TEDx talk - TEDxUSU
CNN feature - Bison conservation