Dr. Chris Wilmers
Wildlife Ecologist and Head of the Santa Cruz Puma Project
Santa Cruz Puma Project
The Santa Cruz Project is a partnership between UC Santa Cruz and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Their work involves deploying telemetry collars on mountain lions that collect continuous movement and location data from each animal. By studying and analyzing data collected from these collars, Dr. Chris Wilmers and his team hope to answer important physiological and ecological questions that have so far evaded science. In addition to providing solutions to pressing environmental problems, the research project will further enhance the understanding of cougar habitat requirements as well as provide guidance on important movement corridors for lions within and between the Santa Cruz Mountains located in the central coast of California. Chris Wilmers is professor of wildlife ecology and conservation at UC Santa Cruz. He heads the Santa Cruz Puma Project, which has been researching the behavior, ecology and conservation of mountain lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 2008.