Thomas Morrison

Thomas Morrison


Tom is a postdoctoral scientist, studying savannah tree dynamics in the Serengeti Ecosystem, Tanzania. Tom recently completed a postdoc position at the Wyoming Coop Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming, prior to which he was a student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology PhD program at Dartmouth College. Tom's research combines population biology, behavioral ecology and conservation to understand why animals migrate, how they cope with changes to their migration routes, and how best to manage migrations to ensure their long-term viability. Before beginning his PhD, he spent a year as a field assistant studying elephant behavior and genetics in Amboseli National Park, Kenya. This experience shaped Tom's Ph.D. course, which was a population-level study of threatened wildebeest migration in Northern Tanzania (the Tarangire Ecosystem, Tanzania). This ongoing project uses a non-invasive photo identification software program (Wild-ID) developed at Dartmouth to individually identify wildebeest by their shoulder stripe patterns. Tom also initiated a collaborative wildebeest GPS collaring effort to help characterize migratory pathways within the Tarangire Ecosystem. As a postdoc, Tom is managing the collection and analysis of a long-term manipulation of savannah plants to examine the integrative impacts of water, herbivores and fire on tree demography. This project takes places in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
Academic Background:
Dartmouth College, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Post-Doctoral Scientist at Wake Forest University
Conservation Science & Biology
Serengeti National Park

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