Hila Shamon is a landscape ecologist and mammalogist at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Conservation Ecology Center. Shamon’s research interests focus on anthropogenic activity and landuse changes effects on terrestrial mammals’ distribution and densities across large landscape gradients. Shamon uses a multi-species, multi-trophic approach to answer local- and landscape-level questions that unveil mechanistic processes and cascading processes, combining several modeling methodologies, and collects data from the field using camera traps, audio recordings, GPS tags and aerial image processing.



  • The Possibilists – Episode 6: Dr. Hila Shamon November 6, 2021

    The Possibilists is a podcast collaboration between The Smithsonian Earth Optimism and Pelecanus.

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  • Guest speaker at Aaniiih Nakoda College October 29, 2021

    Swift fox reintroduction to Fort Belknap Indian Reservation

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  • How I Study Elusive Prairie Bobcats September 20, 2021

    This update was written by research fellow Johnny Stutzman.

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Recent Publications

Boyce A. J., Shamon, H., Kunkel, K. E., and McShea, W. J. 2021. Grassland bird diversity and abundance in the presence of native and non-native grazers. Avian Conservation and Ecology 16(2):13. https://doi.org/10.5751/ACE-01944-160213

Cove MV, Kays R, …, Shamon H, …, McShea WJ. SNAPSHOT USA 2019: a coordinated national camera trap survey of the United States. Ecology. 2021 Apr 1:e03353. doi: 10.1002/ecy.3353. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33793977

Lapp, S., Wu, T., Richards‐Zawacki, C., Voyles, J., Michelle Rodriguez, K., Shamon, H. and Kitzes, J. 2021. Automated detection of frog calls and choruses by pulse repetition rate. Conservation Biology. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13718

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