Staff:
Jessica N. Sanchez, Wildlife Biologist

Jessica doing telemetry

Institute for Wildlife Studies
sanchez@iws.org

Jess with Hoary Bat

Holding a Common Raven

Island Spotted Skunk

Adult Island Fox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publications and ReportsIsland Fox Pups

Education:

D.V.M. candidate - University of California, Davis - Class of 2016

M.S. - Wildlife - Humboldt State University, 2012

B.S. - Animal Biology - University of California, Davis, 2006

Career Interests:

I am interested in the ecology of disease in wildlife populations, the behavior of social mammals, and endangered species conservation.

I started with Institute for Wildlife Studies in 2007, working on Santa Cruz Island as part of the Island Fox Recovery Project, eventually becoming Project Manager.  In that role I worked with a team of biologists that managed a captive breeding facility for endangered island foxes, released and radio-tracked them, and trapped wild foxes and spotted skunks as part of long term demographic monitoring.  I’ve also assisted with annual fox trapping on San Nicolas and San Clemente Islands.

I received my master’s degree from Humboldt State University, in collaboration with Institute for Wildlife Studies and the U.S. Navy.  My thesis asked how density driven changes in host behavior can influence the spread of an introduced pathogen, and I used the Channel Island fox as my study species to address this question.  I collared foxes with proximity loggers that recorded close interactions between foxes to examine the relationships between fox density, home range size and overlap, and contact rates.  I used these data on fox behavior to parameterize a spatially-explicit model describing how rabies and canine distemper might spread if they were introduced to San Clemente Island. I also used this model to test the effects different vaccination strategies might have on preventing or slowing the development of an epidemic.  These results will be used to advise management strategies such as vaccination and epidemic response.

Off the islands, I have worked on projects examining hoary bat responses to social calls, feral horse anti-predator behaviors, and the relationship of the monoamine oxidase A gene with serotonin levels and aggressive behavior in rhesus macaques.  I’ve also volunteered at small and large animal veterinary clinics and spent many years working on a horse ranch giving riding lessons and guiding trail rides.  In the fall of 2012 I joined the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis as part of the Class of 2016.  I hope to pursue a career in wildlife medicine, epidemiology, and international One Health.

Publications and Reports:      

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Ralls, K., J. N. Sanchez, J. Savage, T. J. Coonan, B. R. Hudgens, and B. L. Cypher.  2013.  Social relationships and reproductive behavior of island foxes inferred from proximity logger data.  Journal of Mammalogy 94:1185–1196.

Karere, G. M., E. Kinnally, J. N. Sanchez, T. Famula, L. A. Lyons, and J. P. Capitanio.  2009.  What is an “adverse” environment?  Interactions of rearing experiences and MAOA genotype in rhesus monkeysBiological Psychiatry 65:770-777.

 

TECHNICAL REPORTS

Sanchez, J. N. and B. R. Hudgens.  2011.  Spatial Ecology of the Island Fox. Unpublished report by the Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, California for the United States Navy.

Hudgens, B. R., T. W. Vickers, D. K. Garcelon, and J. N. Sanchez.  2011.  Epidemic Response Plan for San Clemente Island Foxes.  Unpublished report by the Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, California for the United States Navy.

Hudgens B. R. and J. Sanchez.  2009.  Island fox monitoring on Santa Cruz Island, California, June 2008 – March 2009.  Unpublished report by the Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, California for The Nature Conservancy, Santa Cruz Island, Ventura, California, USA.

Garcelon, D. K., J. Fox, and J. Sanchez.  2008.  Island fox recovery efforts on Santa Cruz Island, California, February 2007 – March 2008.  Unpublished report by the Institute for Wildlife Studies, Arcata, California forThe Nature Conservancy, Santa Cruz Island, Ventura, California, USA.

 

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Sanchez, J. N. and B. R. Hudgens.  2012.  Vaccination and monitoring strategies for San Clemente Island foxes.  14th Annual Meeting of the Integrated Island Fox Recovery Team, Ventura, California, USA.  12 June 2012.

Sanchez, J. N. and B. R. Hudgens. 2011.  Relationships among population densities, home ranges, and contact rates of Channel Island foxes: Implications for disease spread.  18th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA.  07 November 2011.

Sanchez, J. N.  2011.  Channel Island fox population densities, home ranges, and contact rates: Implications for disease spread.  13th Annual Meeting of the Integrated Island Fox Recovery Team, Ventura, California, USA.  14 June 2011.