Virtual Science Saturday: Coyotes of New Jersey

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Date: Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Fee: $5

Fee with Member Discount: Free for Members & Friends

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February 27: Coyotes of New Jersey

Presenters: Kathleen Kerwin, M.S. & Chris Crosby, Ph.D. student

Coyotes arrived in New Jersey about 80 years ago and can now be found in almost every town across the state. Over the past 2 years, coyotes have immigrated to Barnegat Light, reproduced, and are dispersing across Long Beach Island. In this Science Saturday seminar, Rutgers University Ph.D. student, Chris Crosby, and Rutgers Wildlife Conservation and Management Program Coordinator, Kathleen Kerwin, will provide some history of eastern coyotes, a background in coyote ecology and behavior, and important guidance for avoiding negative human-coyote interactions.


Chris Crosby is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. Chris earned his B.S. at Stony Brook University in 2019 whilst majoring in Marine Vertebrate Biology. Before that, he spent 3 years working around different parts of the Pacific region as a member of the U.S. Army. For his research, Chris is focusing on the movements and habitat usage of the carnivores and scavengers that inhabit the New Jersey coastline. Chris assists the Wildlife Conservation and Management Program with invasive species management and habitat restoration implementation.

Kathleen Kerwin, M.S., received an undergraduate degree in Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources from Rutgers University in 2012, and a master’s degree in Ecology and Evolution in 2014. She has a strong background in wildlife monitoring and management, with project experience throughout the United States. Ms. Kerwin joined the Wildlife Conservation and Management Program in 2015 as a program associate. Her responsibilities include development and delivery of extension and education programming, program management, and delivery of extension services.

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