Curriculum Vitae

Academic CV 2017

Dr. Sonny S. Bleicher — Vitae  

Research Associate

Tumamoc People and Habitats

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of Arizona



Published: 5                               H-index: 3

In review/preparation:  7        Google Scholar 13

RG Score: 15.98

Postdoctoral Fellowships

2015-2017       University of Arizona, Ike Russell Fellow

2015                University of Sydney

2014                University of Illinois at Chicago


PhD     2014                University of Illinois at Chicago

MSc    2012                Ben Gurion University of the Negev

BSc     2009                Rochester Institute of Technology

Teaching Experience

Ecology (331)

Population and Community Biology (101)

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (272)

Introductory Environmental Science (102)

Conservation Biology (446)

Languages (and Nationalities)

English (USA), French (France), Hebrew (Israel)



Ph.D. 2014. University of Illinois. Biological Science (Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology) Divergent Behaviour amid Convergent Evolution: common garden experiments with desert rodents and vipers.

MSc. 2012. Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Desert Studies (Dryland Ecology). Prey response to predator scent cues; a manipulative experimental series of a changing climate.

BSc. 2009. Rochester Institute of Technology. Environmental Science. Non-Point Source Pollutants found in the tributaries of Irondequoit Creek Watershed within the Town of Penfield.



2015-Present. University of Arizona, Tumamoc Hill Desert Research Laboratory, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Title—Research Associate. Research project: Monitoring collared peccary response to human activity in form of recreation and housing developments.

2015-2016. Felidae Conservation Fund, Mill Valley, California, USA. Title—Research and Development Manager. Education program design and intern management for “CAT AWARE” K-12 education program and “Living with Lions” public outreach program. Research projects as Co-PI: Bay Area Puma and Bobcat Projects—monitoring wildcat habitat-use and human wildlife conflict using trail camera and GPS collars.

  1. University of Sydney, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia. Title—Visiting Postdoctoral Associate. Research projects: response of dasyurid carnivorous marsupials to a shelter augmentation management regime and foraging dynamics during population busts.

2012-2013. Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Title—Adjunct Lecturer. Teaching: Introduction to Environmental Science (BIO127).

2009-2013. University of Illinois at Chicago (USA) and Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel). Research project: Intercontinental-wide consequences of compromise-breaking adaptations: the case of desert rodents and vipers. Teaching: ecology (BIOS331), comparative vertebrate anatomy and physiology (BIOS227), biology of populations and communities (BIOS101).

  1. Town of Penfield, Penfield, New York, USA. Capstone (honors) project. Project title: Non-Point Source Pollutants found in the tributaries of Irondequoit Creek Watershed within the Town of Penfield.

2007-2009. Harvard University, Harvard Forest, Petersham, Massachusetts, USA. Title—REU Research Fellow. Research project: response of ant assemblages to grazing and logging along a rainfall gradient in mesic scrublands.

2006-2009. Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, Rochester, New York, USA. Title—bird bander (ringer) in training. Research Project: passerine habitat-use during migration within reconstructed wetlands.

2005-2009. Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, USA. Title—Undergraduate Research Fellow. Research Project: River otter post-reintroduction monitoring using scat genetics, diet analysis and GIS.

  1. US National Park Service, Lava Beds National Monument, Tulelake, California, USA. Title—Seasonal Interpretation Ranger. Duties: lead lave-tube cave-tours and guided naturalist walks.


  • Ornithological surveys [bird banding (ringing), mist netting, rapture trapping (lures and spring nets), cannon nets)
  • Aquatic invertebrate trawl net surveys.
  • Electrofishing
  • Taxonomy (fish, insects, plants, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals)
  • Scat DNA
  • Water quality testing (surface and ground)
  • Database management and query (SQL, Excel, Access)
  • Statistics (R, SYSTAT, Statistica, PAST, EstimateS)
  • CPR and First-Aid
  • Backcountry safety
  • Microsoft (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access)
  • Adobe (Acrobat, Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge)
  • GIS (Arc, IDRISI)
  • Natural history
  • Boating (small motor boats, kayaks, canoes)
  • 4×4 off-road driving
  • Mammal surveys [live traps 0(Sherman, Pitfall, ), damage analysis]
  • Public-relations
  • Trail-cameras
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Team management
  • Volunteer training and management
  • Representation at governmental workshops, work groups and conferences
  • Wildlife immobilization (chemical and mechanical)
  • Pedagogic planning and program design
  • Team scheduling
  • Herpetological surveys (tracking, heat traps, pitfalls)
  • Entomological surveys (pitfalls, baits, litter traps, sweep-nets, tracking)
  • Vegetation and ground cover surveys
  • Animal husbandry
  • Animal ethical training
  • Wildlife importation
  • Research permit acquisition (USA, Israel)
  • Budgeting
  • Meta- analyses
  • Student guidance (undergraduates)


2018 (upcoming). Gordon Research Conference on Predator Prey Interactions. Ventura, CA, USA. Section Leader: Macroevolutionary Patterns in Predator-Prey Interactions.

  1. International Mammalogical Congress (IMC) 12. Perth, Australia. Game-on Game-Off: Bridging Ecological and Neurological Pathways to Fear.
  2. IMC 12. Perth, Australia. Bringing the Landscape of Fear Back to Conservation.
  3. University of Nebraska Lincoln Natural Resource Department Symposium. Bringing the Fit of Form and Function to Applied Ecology.
  4. Rosenzweig Festschrift. Tucson, AZ, USA. Conflicts of recreation and conservation, the case of Javelinas on Tumamoc Hill.
  5. Gordon Research Conference on Predator Prey Interactions. Ventura, CA, USA. Artificial Shelter Alter Dunnarts’ Landscape of Fear.
  6. University of Sydney Biology Symposium. Divergent Behavior amid Convergent Evolution.
  7. European Society for Evolutionary Biology Congress. Lisbon, Portugal. Do prey respond appropriately to evolutionarily novel predators?
  8. IMC 11. Belfast, UK. Evolutionarily convergent yet behaviorally divergent: cross-continental predator-prey cross exposure.
  9. IMC 11. Belfast, UK. Convergent rodents disparate spatial risk assessments.


2016. Wells Fargo NFWF, Regina Bauer Frankenburg Foundation, Disney Foundation, Sea-world—Bush gardens, Summerlee Foundation, Wells Fargo Small Family Foundation Grants (total 17), and 57 more. Felidae Conservation Fund*.

2016. Ike Russel Postdoctoral Fellowship. University of Arizona

2012, 2013. Bodmer International Research Travel Award. University of Illinois

2013. Grants-in-Aid. American Mammalogical Society
2007, 2009. NSF-REU Scholarship. Harvard University and National Science Foundation
2008. Research Scholars Award. Rochester Institute of Technology

*as representative of the fund and most under the name of the president Ms. Zara McDonald.


  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Zoology and Ecology (Francis and Tailor)
  • Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution
  • Functional Ecology
  • The Open Ecology Journal


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