Sixth Annual Long Island Natural History Conference









Fire Island’s Red Foxes and Their Impacts on Piping Plovers
Sarah Karpanty, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Virginia Tech

This ongoing study is designed to better understand the relationship between red foxes and piping plover breeding success. Through a combination of GPS-collaring, camera trapping, and den site surveys, researchers will determine the abundance, habitat selection, movement ecology, reproductive success, and survival of red foxes in the context of ongoing diverse predator management activities. We will also monitor interactions between red foxes and piping plover nests and between foxes and banded plover adults and chicks.

Sarah received her B.S. in Zoology from Miami University in 1998, and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from SUNY Stony Brook in 2003. She is interested in projects that explore how human activities impact animal behavior, population dynamics and community ecology. In addition to her work with Red Foxes and Piping Plovers on Fire Island, Sarah has worked with Red Knots, Wilson’s Plovers, Least Terns, Common Terns, Roseate Terns, Gull-billed Terns, Black Skimmers and, in Madagascar, with lemurs.