Hostetler Paper Runner Up for Elton Prize
A paper by Dr. Jeffrey Hostetler, Migratory Bird Center Post-doctoral Fellow, received "runner up" status for the prestigious Journal of Animal Ecology Elton Prize.
The paper entitled "A cat's tale: the impact of genetic restoration on Florida panther population persistence", was published in the Journal of Animal Ecology in 2013 (Vol. 82:608-620).
By the 1990s, fewer than 30 panthers remained in the wild, and the population suffered from severe inbreeding.
The paper unambiguously demonstrated that reintroduction of 8 Texas pumas in 1995 was responsible for dramatic genetic recovery of the wild population.