James Garabedian completed his PhD in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in May 2018. He received a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Wingate University, NC, in 2008 and a MS in Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology from Frostburg State University in 2010. Post-Frostburg, James worked as a wildlife control officer contracted by the U.S. Air Force to mitigate wildlife hazards on and around Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. James continued his professional development as a research assistant under the direction of Drs. Chris Moorman and Nils Peterson, studying the relationships between foraging habitat quality and reproductive success of federally endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers on the Savannah River Site, South Carolina. Foraging habitat management is a primary issue affecting the species’ recovery, as it affects compliance issues related to both forest management and facilities infrastructure, potential survey costs under Endangered Species Act Consultations, and the selection of management alternatives that control forest stand dynamics. James’ research played a direct role in securing additional funding to support him as a PhD student to manage a long-term and extensive study of these relationships under varying conditions.
James studied population density mediated resource partitioning by red-cockaded woodpeckers, quantifying changes in woodpecker home ranges in response to the joint effect of foraging habitat structure and local population density, which will help refine foraging habitat standards in the future. James is currently a post-doc here in the department.