University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences
http://www.cbs.umn.edu/

Professor Craig Packer

Ph.D., University of Sussex, 1977
Phone: 612-625-5729 Fax: 612-624-6777

Graduate Faculty Memberships
 

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior


Research Interests


Ecology of infectious diseases; ecosystem processes in African savannas; conservation strategies for mitigating problem-animal conflicts.

 

Book


Packer, C. 1994. Into Africa. University of Chicago Press.


Selected Publications

2013    Packer, C., A. Loveridge, S. Canney, T. Caro, S.T. Garnett, M. Pfeifer, K.K. Zander, A. Swanson, D. MacNulty, G. Balme, H. Bauer, C.M. Begg, K.S. Begg, S. Bhalla, C. Bissett, T. Bodasing, H. Brink, A. Burger, A.C. Burton, B. Clegg, S. Dell, A. Delsink, T. Dickerson, S.M. Dloniak, D. Druce, L. Frank, P. Funston, N. Gichohi, R. Groom, C. Hanekom, B. Heath, L. Hunter, H.H. DeIongh, C.J. Joubert, S.M. Kasiki, B. Kissui, W. Knocker, B. Leathem, P.A. Lindsey, S.D. Maclennan, J.W. McNutt, S.M. Miller, S. Naylor, P. Nel, C. Ng’weno, K. Nicholls, J.O. Ogutu, E. Okot-Omoya, B.D. Patterson, A. Plumptre, J. Salerno, K. Skinner, R. Slotow,E.A. Sogbohossou, K.J. Stratford, C. Winterbach, H. Winterbach, & S. Polasky. Conserving large carnivores: Dollars and fence. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.12091

2012    MacNulty, D.R., D.W. Smith, L.D. Mech, J.A. Vucetich & C. Packer. Nonlinear effects of group size on the          success of wolves hunting elk. Behav. Ecol. 23, 75-82.

2012    MacCormick, H.A., D.R. MacNulty, A. Bailey, A.L. Bosacker, D.A. Collins, & C. Packer.The effect of age, sex and rank on the risk of injury in olive baboons. Behav. Ecol. doi:10.1093/beheco/ars021

2011    Packer, C., A. Swanson, D. Ikanda, H. Kushnir. Fear of darkness, the full moon and the lunar ecology of African lions. PLoS One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022285

2011    Packer, C., H. Brink, B.M. Kissui, H. Maliti, H. Kushnir & T. Caro. The effects of trophy hunting on lion and leopard populations in Tanzania. Cons. Biol. 25, 142-153.

2009    VanderWaal, K, A. Mosser & C. Packer. Optimal group size, dispersal decisions and post-dispersal relationships in female African lions. Animal Behaviour 77, 949–954.

2009    Mosser, A. & C. Packer. Group territoriality and the benefits of sociality in the African lion, Panthera leo. Animal Behaviour 78, 359-370.

2009   Mosser, A., J. Fryxell, L. Eberly & C. Packer. Serengeti real estate: density versus fitness-based indicators of lion habitat quality. Ecology Letters 12, 1050-1060.

2009    MacNulty, D.R., D.W. Smith, J.A. Vucetich, L D. Mech,D.R. Stahler & C. Packer Predatory senescence in ageing wolves. Ecology Letters12, 1–10.
2009    Packer, C., Kosmala, M., Cooley, H.S., Brink, H., Pintea, L., Garshelis, D., Purchase, G., Strauss, M., Swanson, A., Balme, G., Hunter, L., & K. Nowell. Sport hunting, predator control and conservation of large carnivores. PLoS ONE 4(6): e5941. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005941, 2009.

2009    Mosser, A. & C. Packer. Group territoriality and the benefits of sociality in the African lion, Panthera leo. Animal Behaviour. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.04.024, 2009.

2008     Munson,L., K.A. Terio, R. Kock, T. Mlengeya, M.E. Roelke, E. Dubovi, B. Summers, A.R.E. Sinclair & C. Packer. Climate extremes and co-infections determine mortality during epidemics in African lions.  PLoS-One 3, e2545.

2008     Welburn, S., K. Picozzi, P. Coleman &C. Packer. Patterns in age-seroprevalence consistent with acquired immunity against Trypanosoma brucei in Serengeti lions. PLoS-Neglected Tropical Diseases 2(12): e347. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000347, 2008.

2008      Munson, L., K.A. Terio, R. Kock, T. Mlengeya, M.E. Roelke, E. Dubovi, B. Summers, A.R.E.Sinclair & C. Packer. Climate extremes and co-infections determine mortality during epidemics in African lions. PLoS-One 3, e2545, 2008.

2008      Ikanda, D. & C. Packer. Ritual vs. retaliatory killing of African lions in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. Endangered Species Research 6, 67-74, 2008.

2007      Fryxell, J., A. Mosser, A.R.E. Sinclair & C. Packer. Group formation stabilizes predator-prey dynamics. Nature 449, 1041-1044, 2007.

 

Additional Links

Whole Village Project

Lion Research Center