Dr. Baruzzi, Carolina
Wildlife Ecology and Management
Dr. Baruzzi specializes in wildlife ecology and conservation. The primary goal of her lab is to promote wildlife habitat restoration and management by integrating research and extension. Her research and extension programs focus on understanding wildlife responses to various management approaches (e.g., hunting and fire) and integrating those responses into management. Her work primarily focuses on, but is not limited to, game species and wildlife-plant interactions.
Dr. Baruzzi’s research program has three main focal areas:
1) Wildlife responses to disturbance and management.
2) Wildlife effects on management outcomes – through processes such as herbivory or seed predation, wildlife can influence the effects of management practices on wildlife habitat.
3) Approaches to integrate wildlife responses and effects on their own habitat to improve wildlife management.
Extension:Promoting wildlife conservation
Dr. Baruzzi’s extension program goal is to promote wildlife conservation, particularly with the use of prescribed fire as habitat management tool. A fundamental part of her extension program is also focused on promoting wildlife habitat management practices for historically underserved landowners (e.g., small and first-time landowners).