Laken Ganoe

Laken Ganoe
University of Rhode Island | URI · College of Environment and Life Sciences

Master of Science
I am currently a PhD student at the University of Rhode Island in Dr. Brian Gerber's Applied Quantitative Ecology Lab.

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Introduction
Laken Ganoe is currently a PhD student in the Gerber Applied Quantitative Ecology Lab at the University of Rhode Island. She is currently working on fine-scale movement, resource selection, and general population monitoring of fisher across the state of Rhode Island.
Additional affiliations
June 2020 - present
University of Rhode Island
Position
  • Research Assistant
January 2020 - May 2020
Pennsylvania State University
Position
  • Technician
Description
  • Database manager and analyst for various on-going research projects including; PA muskrat health, CWD monitoring project, and river otter spatial ecology.
January 2018 - December 2019
Pennsylvania State University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Multi-faceted approach to understanding possible cause of muskrat population declines in Pennsylvania. 1) Radiotracking of muskrats, 2) Retrospective study and 3) Passive and active surveillance for parasites, pathogens and contaminants.
Education
June 2020 - June 2024
University of Rhode Island
Field of study
  • Ecology and Ecosystem Science
January 2018 - December 2019
Pennsylvania State University
Field of study
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Science
August 2014 - December 2017
California University of Pennsylvania
Field of study
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Publications

Publications (10)
Article
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Over the last 50 years, significant muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) harvest declines have been observed throughout North America. Several theories for the decline have been proposed, including increased parasite infections and disease within muskrat populations. No existing wholistic review of muskrat exposure to pathogens, contaminants, and diseases...
Article
Human developments have detrimental effects on wildlife populations globally with carnivores being particularly sensitive. The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is often considered an adaptable mesocarnivore that occurs throughout varied landcover types within its wide distribution and may be less susceptible to the negative effects of development. Our objective...
Article
The Taeniidae tapeworms are a family of helminths that have a similar life cycle, with intermediate hosts developing characteristic cysts in visceral organs. We describe here a case in Pennsylvania, USA, of fatal Versteria infection in a muskrat ( Ondatra zibethicus), which, to our knowledge, has not been reported to develop disease associated with...
Article
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Using diagnostic data and contemporary sampling efforts, we conducted surveillance for a diversity of pathogens, toxicants, and diseases of muskrats ( Ondatra zibethicus ). Between 1977 and 2019, 26 diagnostic cases were examined from Kansas and throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, USA. We identified multiple causes of mortality in muskrats,...
Article
Evidence indicating a decline in Ondatra zibethicus (Muskrat) populations in the United States during the past 40 years has led to speculation regarding factors influencing Muskrat survival. In order to understand population dynamics and survival, it is important to first define the ecology of local populations. We investigated the dwelling structu...
Thesis
Using a multi-faceted approach, I was able to 1) find gaps in knowledge on muskrat health and key pathogens and disease causing mortality, 2) define the prevalence of historic pathogens and disease in the current muskrat populations in Pennsylvania, as well as define some relationships between muskrat health, sex, and heavy metal contamination, and...
Presentation
Updates on Master's project progression with preliminary findings.
Thesis
Fisher (Pekania pennanti) have been thriving in Pennsylvania since their reintroduction in the late 1990’s. Efforts to mark their presence and absence across the state have been conducted by the Wildlife Conservation Officers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of using hair snares to de...
Poster
This study was designed to analyze the methodology of remote hair snare sampling for fisher (Pekania pennanti) within the Pennsylvania State Game Lands (SGL) 63, 72, 74 and 283, as well as the Clear Creek State Forest (SFL) and other private lands encompassed in the study area. The hair snare density as well as habitat characteristics will be used...

Projects

Projects (2)
Project
This project is a multifaceted approach in attempt to understand the potential causes of muskrat population declines. By combining 1) a retrospective study on historic muskrat exposure to parasites, pathogens, and contaminants, 2) passive surveillance of diagnostic cases related to muskrat mortality, 3) active surveillance of trapper-harvested muskrat carcasses, and 4) a radio-telemetry study of a local population of muskrats, we will better understand the impacts of parasites, pathogens, and contaminants on muskrat survival, and how muskrat ecology may affect disease transmission.
Project
1) Determine the occurrence of fisher in central Clarion County 2) Serve as a pilot study to determine the feasibility of the remote sampling method of hair snares to collect repeated samples of fisher hair using only a long-distance scent lure (gusto) 3) Analyze the effort efficiency in order to determine the appropriate hair snare density 4) Compare habitat characteristics at snare locations where fisher were detected against those where they were not to improve sampling site selection for fisher in future studies. 5) Compare bear disturbance and fisher detection rates between snares baited with a long-distance scent lure (gusto) and those with the addition of chicken bait.