Asiatic black bear’s conservation

The Iranian black bear (Ursus thibetanus gedrosianus) suffers mainly from habitat destruction, conflicts with locals (and some traditional beliefs), habitat fragmentation, and severe isolation of the populations in the southern part of the country. This study has been designed mainly relied on two basics including ecosystem and community. In the first base, we are looking for landscape features to improve the ecosystem conditions for the target species which act as an umbrella species. The project initiated at 2020 with no source of funding, It will be re started as soon as funded by an international funding source

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Brown bears landscape genomics and niche modelling, funded by TUBITAK

Brown bears as keystone species play critical roles in ecosystems through processes such as nutrient cycling, seed dispersal, and regulating prey populations. However, these apex predators have wide ranges and thus severely suffer from habitat fragmentation and anthropogenic activity. Changing movement patterns because of anthropogenic food resources such as open city dumps and severe fragmentation of their natural habitats can affect the genetic make-up and long-term viability of populations. Since habitat connectivity and heterogeneity are an essential part of brown bear populations’ long-term viability, the goal of this study is to understand geographic patterns that affect the gene flow of brown bears across Turkey. To this end, we will use landscape genetics to test three different models that can influence a species’ genetic structure across heterogeneous landscapes. These models are Isolation by Distance (IBD); Isolation by Resistance (IBR); and Isolation by Environment (IBE). 

Wolves Snow tracking

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Great Bustard Conservation

This project is funded by IUCN and the aim of the project is local communities’ capacity building and enable them to have some financial revenue while participating in the conservation programs