Want to discuss the mountain lion project? Please contact Dr. Seth Riley with the National Park Service. If you contact Laurel, she will lead you back to Dr. Riley, so please contact him directly.
Email: Seth_Riley (at) nps.gov
Email: Jeff_sikich (at) nps.gov
Phone: +1 (805) 370–2395
If you wish to discuss bobcats or the Urban Carnivores website, contact Dr. Laurel Serieys:
Email: laurel (at) CarnivoraConservation.org
Report Sick, Injured or Dead Bobcats
If you sight a sick bobcat in Los Angeles or Ventura Counties, please call a wildlife rehabilitation center: California Wildlife Center (310-458-9453) or Wildlife Care of SoCal (805-428-7105). You can also try Los Angeles Animal Services (888-452-7381), but the animals they collect will not be rehabilitated.
If you find a dead bobcat, report the finding to the Nation Park Service. Call the Visitor Center (805-370-2300) and ask for the Wildlife Biologist working that day.
If you find a dead bobcat, a good rule of thumb is to not pick up or handle the bobcat, particularly without gloves or a mask.
National Park Service (Mondays-Fridays)
Call the Visitor Center (805-370-2300) and ask for the Wildlife Biologist working that day
If you see a sick bobcat in Orange and Riverside Counties, try calling the Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital. Ask to speak with Dr. Kristi Krause or Dr. Scott Weldy.
Serrano Animal and Bird Hospital- Lake Forest
Biologists and collaborators participating in urban carnivore work in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties
Listed in alphabetical order
Justin Brown, M.S.
Justin is originally from California and has worked on a variety of carnivore species including kit foxes, black bears, and urban coyotes in Chicago. For his master's thesis, Justin studied how coyotes in Chicago affected urban Canada geese nest dynamics in Chicago. He brings a wealth of knowledge to our work in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area where urban coyotes are a big issue. Here, he also works with bobcats in Moorpark area, studying how the 118-freeway affects their movement patterns.
Email: Justin_L_Brown (at) NPS.gov
Phone: +1 (805) 370–2335
Janet Foley, Ph.D.
Janet Foley is a veterinarian and disease ecologist who studies the ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases in animal and human populations. She has a PhD in the ecology of infectious diseases (UC Davis, 1995) and a DVM (UC Davis, 1993), emphasizing medicine of small animals, laboratory animals, and wildlife. Her special interests are granulocytic anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, and plague. She has taken an interest in the notoedric mange mites affecting our local bobcat populations, and has been a critical resource aiding in the study of this disease locally.
Janet is a mom of two children (Colin and Brangwyn) and a myriad of pets, notably Cassidy the dog, Sierra, Nemo, Arana, Pascal, Milou,and Linda the cats, a few "bads", turtles, pet birds, and ducks (Georgia, June, Drew, Taylor, and Fred). She likes to read, hike, work, and travel.
Joanne Moriarty, M.S.
Joanne received her Master of Science from California State University in Northridge. She studied bobcat kitten development and dispersal behavior in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area for her thesis research. She is currently a biologist at the National Park Service, continuing studies on bobcats around Los Angeles. She also is involved in small mammal studies, examining anticoagulant exposure in the frequent prey items of our local bobcats.
Email: Joanne_Moriarty (at) NPS.gov
Phone: +1 (805) 370–2398
Julie has had many lives, including artist and jazz singer. Julie is also passionate about wildlife, wildlife tracking, and conservation. As a Los Angeles native, she has been interested in the mountain lion project for years and now helps manage fundraising for the project. She is the Carnivore Fund Manager, volunteering her time and resources to help support the local carnivore research.
Miguel Ordenana, M.S.
Miguel is a Nicaraguan American who grew up in Los Angeles, CA and developed a strong interest in wildlife from a young age. He received his BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Southern California and a Master of Science degree in Ecology from the University of California, Davis where he used camera trap data to examine the effects of urbanization on carnivores of southern California. Miguel has participated in a wide variety of projects involving diverse wildlife species of California, including forest raptors, desert tortoises, ground squirrels, urban carnivores, and bats. He is currently works for the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station studying bat activity pre- and post- wind turbine construction in the Mojave desert. Miguel is also one of the leaders of the Griffith Park Connectivity Study, monitoring medium- and large-bodied mammals with camera traps in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. See more information about Miguel's jaguar research at PasoPacifico or PetriDish.
Email: Ordenana (at) gmail.com
Seth P.D. Riley, Ph.D.
Seth Riley grew up in Washington, D C where he first got interested in wildlife, by way of snakes. He graduated in 1988 from Stanford University with a B.A. in Human Biology, concentrating in Animal Behavior and Ecology. From 1988-1990 Seth worked as a wildlife biologist for the National Park Service at the Center for Urban Ecology in Washington. He worked on a number of urban wildlife issues there, focusing particularly on the behavioral, population, and disease ecology of urban raccoons. Seth then went to the University of California, Davis for graduate school, where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Ecology in 1999. His dissertation work was on the ecology of bobcats and gray foxes in urban and rural areas of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, just north of San Francisco. After graduating Seth worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Davis studying hybridization between native and introduced tiger salamanders in California. At the beginning of 2000, Seth began in his current position as Wildlife Ecologist with the National Park Service at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in southern California. His current projects, all related to the impacts of urbanization and fragmentation on wildlife, include a bobcat telemetry study, a mountain lion GPS telemetry study, stream surveys for amphibians, and pitfall/drift fence trapping to determine terrestrial reptile and amphibian distribution and abundance. Seth is also has an adjunct position at UCLA where he advises students and teaches graduate seminars. A recent project was co-editing a book on Urban Carnivores, for which Seth co-authored seven chapters.
Email: Seth_Riley (at) nps.gov
Phone: +1 (805) 370–2358
Laurel Klein Serieys, Ph.D.
Laurel grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated with a B.S. in Zoology from University of Texas at Austin in 2003. She is passionate about wild cat conservation and research, with a focus on how urban development threatens wild cat populations. She hopes that through learning about threats facing these carnivore populations, we may work towards solutions for their conservation over the long-term. Although a lifelong aspiration to study wild cats, Laurel got her start working with wild cats in 2006 as an volunteer intern with the National Park Service in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Soon after, she was accepted to the UCLA graduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The work she began as an intern turned into a Ph.D. dissertation project studying bobcats in an urban landscape.
Presently, Laurel is juggling multiple projects in addition to ongoing work with bobcats in the Santa Monica Mountains. She is also coordinator of the Urban Caracal Project in Cape Town, South Africa (website, facebook), and she is field coordinator of a new bobcat project in Coyote Valley in San Jose, California!
Email: Laurel (at) CarnivoraConservation.org
Jeff Sikich, B.S.
Jeff Sikich was raised in northwest Indiana where his appreciation and passion for the outdoors began early in life during local fishing trips with his grandfather. He is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Environmental Science and Management.
Throughout his career Jeff has captured and handled over 16 carnivore species for wildlife research. His work specializes in safe capture and handling techniques for various large carnivores. He has worked on several projects in the United States researching a variety of species, as well as studies focused on tigers in Sumatra, jaguars and puma in Central and South America, and leopards in South Africa.
Jeff is currently a biologist with the National Park Service researching the impacts of urbanization and habitat fragmentation on mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California. He has captured and radio-collared hundreds of large carnivores for various research projects, and has advised and trained many professionals on the safe capture and handling of wildlife.
Email: Jeff_sikich (at) nps.gov
Phone: +1 (805) 370–2395
Robert K. Wayne, Ph.D.
Dr. Wayne considers himself a generally trained evolutionary biologist with a wide interest in a range of problems spanning the fields of evolutionary biology, ecology, behavior, and biological conservation. Current projects in his lab include genomics of opossums, dolphins, zebra, bobcats, bats, birds and abalone, but he is perhaps best known for evolutionary and population genetic studies on domestic dogs and wolves. He is fond of cutting-edge technology and methods of analysis, and his lab currently focuses on complete genome sequencing and gene expression analysis using next generation sequencing platforms. Some of the primary interests of the lab include identifying genes involved in local adaptation and their relationship to phenotype and behavior. Dr. Wayne has many collaborators, including the National Park Service at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Together with NPS, Dr. Wayne's lab has made important contributions to investigating the effects of urbanization, and particularly freeways, on the population genetics of mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, and most recently, foxes, in the Santa Monica Mountains. Dr. Wayne also co-advised, along with Dr. Seth Riley, Laurel Serieys when she was a graduate student at UCLA where she performed her bobcat research. To learn more about Dr. Wayne's lab and his work, visit his webpage.
Email: rwayne (at) biology.ucla.edu
Phone: +1 (310) 206–0334