Laura Prugh, an associate professor of Quantitative Wildlife Sciences with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, shares about her pursuit to understand connections in the environment. On this episode of FieldSound, Prugh’s work with the critically endangered Kangaroo Rats is highlighted. Known as the “ecosystem engineers” of the Carrizo Plain National Monument in Southern California, Kangaroo Rats play a crucial, complex role in their environment.

Research in the Prugh Lab use a combination of intensive fieldwork, modeling, meta-analyses, and interdisciplinary approaches to study the response of wildlife communities to global change.

Listen to Episode 4, “Ecosystem Engineers”

Be sure to also read about a new study by researchers at the University of Washington — including Prugh and Wirsing, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Spokane Tribe of Indians illustrating how humankind’s growing footprint is impacting and changing interactions among species.