Roger Baldwin

Dec 09, 2013 admin

Biography:

Baldwin, an assistant Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, specializes in human-wildlife conflict resolution. Baldwin completed his Ph.D. in wildlife/range management at New Mexico State University. Before joining the UC Davis faculty in 2013, Baldwin worked as a Cooperative Extension advisor for the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Research interests:

Wildlife, environment and natural resources, pest management, invasive species, food safety, agriculture

Brief overview:

Although wildlife species often provide positive intrinsic value and ecosystem services, they can also cause substantial damage and pose human-health risks when present in large numbers or undesirable areas. For example, many wildlife species damage crops. This limits production and negatively impacts both the producer and the California economy. Alternatively, many wildlife species are vectors for human diseases and require management to reduce this potential health risk.

My research and extension goals are to identify techniques to mitigate human-wildlife conflict and to educate the public on these mitigation/remediation approaches. I emphasize development of integrated pest management programs to aid in human-wildlife conflict resolution because of their increased efficacy and lowered environmental risk. My efforts assist in maintaining the overall health of California’s wildlife and associated habitats, while minimizing potential risks to California residents.

Current projects:

  • Developing an IPM program for managing California voles in artichoke fields
  • Assessing the impact of field-border plantings on mammalian wildlife abundance and diversity, including the implications for food safety and crop protection
  • Developing more-effective practices for managing burrowing mammals that cause damage
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