Research Associate Postdoc, Applied Ecology
2011 – M.S., University of Central Missouri
2007 – B.S., University of Connecticut
2016 – Ph.D., North Carolina State University
Research InterestsMy professional goals include using traditional methods as well as current noninvasive survey techniques and statistical modeling procedures to study population and community ecology both locally and internationally. My research interests are mainly focused on the conservation of mammal communities, but also mesopredator release and trophic cascades, the urban/suburban wildlife interface, species invasions, and human dimensions of conservation and sustainable development in the tropics. My dissertation research utilizes noninvasive techniques, particularly camera trapping, to examine the ecology of co-occurring native and non-native predators and their effects on endangered small mammals in the Florida Keys. Other collaborative research has focused on habitat suitability and community ecology of medium and large mammals in Costa Rica and Missouri, with an emphasis on Baird’s tapirs, medium-sized carnivores, and wild felids.
Cove, M. V., R. M. Spinola, V. L. Jackson, and J. C. Saenz. 2014. The role of fragmentation and landscape changes in the ecological release of common nest predators in the Neotropics. PeerJ 2:e464; DOI 10.7717/peerj.464.
Cove, M. V., R. M. Spínola, V. L. Jackson, J. C. Saenz, and O. Chassot. 2013. Integrating occupancy modeling and camera-trap data to estimate medium and large mammal detection and richness in a Central American biological corridor. Tropical Conservation Science 6 (6): 781-795.
Cove, M. V., and R. M. Spínola. 2013. Pairing noninvasive surveys with capture-recapture analysis to estimate demographic parameters for Dendrobates auratus (Anura: Dendrobatidae) from an altered habitat in Costa Rica. Phyllomedusa: Journal of Herpetology 12 (2): 107-115.
Cove, M. V., L. Pardo, J. C. de la Cruz, V. L. Jackson, J. C. Saenz, O. Chassot, and R. M. Spínola. 2013. Factors influencing the occurrence of the endangered Baird’s tapir Tapirus bairdii: potential flagship species for a Costa Rican biological corridor. Oryx 48 (3): 402-409.
Cove, M. V., L. Pardo, R. M. Spínola, V. L. Jackson, and J. C. Saenz. 2012. Coyote Canis latrans (Carnivora: Canidae) range extension in northeastern Costa Rica: possible explanations and consequences. Latin American Journal of Conservation 3 (1): 82-86.
Cove, M. V., L. M. Niva, and V. L. Jackson. 2012. Use of probability of detection when conducting analyses of surveys of mesopredators: A Case Study from the Ozark Highlands of Missouri. The Southwestern Naturalist 57 (3): 258-262.
Cove, M. V., B. M. Jones, A. J. Bossert, D. R. Clever Jr., R. K. Dunwoody, B. C. White, and V. L. Jackson. 2012. Use of camera traps to examine the mesopredator release hypothesis in a fragmented Midwestern landscape. American Midland Naturalist 168 (2): 456-465.