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Mitchell J. Eaton

Mitchell J. Eaton

Ph.D. candidate, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado
Mitch with a dwarf croc



Mitch received his M.S. in Conservation Biology & Ecology from the University of Minnesota, evaluating several harvest index methods to monitor subsistence hunting in central African forests. His current study focuses on integrating field-based research and laboratory tools to improve the management of wildlife resources in tropical forests. Mitch is investigating the ecology, dynamics, and spatial genetic structure of African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis) populations in Loango National Park, Republic of Gabon. He combines capture-mark-recapture, radio telemetry and molecular data to estimate dispersal rates and evaluate landscape features that promote or restrict crocodile movement. Mitch has designed a long-term monitoring program in the Lac Tele Community Reserve, northern Republic of Congo, to quantify subsistence and commercial harvesting of fish, crocodiles and other wildlife. He will apply crocodile harvest-rate data to population growth models to evaluate the effect of hunting on population age structure and persistence. Spatial structure and dispersal rates will be compared to traditional harvest catchment zones to predict source-sink dynamics between hunted and non-hunted populations. These data will be used to develop techniques for improved spatial management of this important wildlife resource.

  • Eaton MJ. 2006. Ecology, conservation and management of the Central African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis). pp. 84-95, Crocodiles: Proceedings of the 18th Working Meeting of the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.
  • Thorbjarnarson JB, Eaton MJ. 2004. Preliminary examination of crocodile bushmeat issues in the Republic of Congo and Gabon. pp. 236-247, Crocodiles: Proceedings of the 17th Working Meeting of the IUCN-SSC Crocodile Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland.