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Sonny S. Bleicher Ph.D.

Sonny Bleicher is an evolutionary ecologist and environmental scientist currently  at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

His main study focus is predator prey interactions in a convergent evolution context. He studies predator prey intersections using foraging theory, and applies thise theory to mapping the landscapes of fear as seen by the prey species.  He is exploring, in evolutionary traits , what make “effective” invasive species. He approaches this by looking at how populations within a community view each other.

His current work uses Allenby’s Gerbils (Gerbillus allenbyi), Greater Egyptian Gerbils (Gerbillus pyramidum),  Merriam’s Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys merriami), Desert Pocket Mice (Chaetodipus penicillatus), sidewinder rattlesnakes (Crotalus cerastes), Saharan Horned Vipers (Cerastes Cerastes), Red Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and Barn Owls (Tyto alba).

Recently  Sonny Bleicher has  developed and  interest in social rodents (marmots in particular) and how landscapes effect sociability in their communities. Another research direction he is thinking of pursuing is the study of evolution, post invasion, particularly in the absence of predators, such as the case of the ungulates of  New Zealand.

Lastly , this webpage offers a glimps into his eye as an amateur wildlife and landscape photographer.

Gerbillus gerbillusAt the Rochester Institute of Technology Bird Observatory.

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