Claire Teitelbaum 


Movement Ecology Group


Claire Teitelbaum

Student (Former Member of SBiK-F)


Research interests:
I am interested in the distributions and movements of animals.  More specifically, I aim to understand the relative importance of social, environmental, physiological, and other factors in determining how, when, and where animals move.  My current project concerns the eastern migratory population of whooping cranes.  Since they were first reintroduced to the eastern United States, these birds have rapidly shifted their overwintering range away from their historic and expected overwintering sites. I am using social factors, climate, and habitat to try to explain how and why this shift has happened.  To further explore the social structure of this population, I am using tracking data to examine how nesting pairs form and interact throughout the year. My other projects look at the environmental drivers of migration distances of large mammalian herbivores and how anthropogenic food subsidies affect the movements of brown bears in Central Europe.

Teitelbaum, C. S., W.F. Fagan, C.H. Fleming, G. Dressler, J.M. Calabrese, P. Leimgruber, and T. Mueller (2015). How far to go? Determinants of migration distance in land mammals. Ecology Letters, 18(6), 545-552.