Elizabeth (Biz) Locke Spotlight

1. Explain your research so that your grandparent or a 5-year old would understand it?

I am using trail cameras to examine how different anthropogenic changes impact the activity of mesopredators. Specifically, how the presence of an invasive shrub, common buckthorn, impacts mesopredator activity in urban and rural environmental contexts.

2. What inspired you to pursue that research?

There is only limited research on the effects of invasive shrubs on mesopredators, and I have always had an interest in using camera traps for research. This presented a great opportunity to build up my skill set while expanding on this important research.

3. What are your hobbies or interests outside of school?

I enjoy almost any activity that gets me outside. Usually that’s just a quick walk with my dogs, but I also love hiking, backpacking, biking and kayaking.


4. What are your favorite places/things to do in Madison?

The farmer’s market is one of my favorite things about living in Madison. I have also enjoyed exploring bike trails and trying new restaurants.

5. What are some pleasant surprises you’ve encountered while being a graduate student here?

I have found that graduate students are very supportive of each other. No one understands what you’re going through like your peers, and it’s so helpful to know that someone else understands your experience.

6. What is your dream job?

I would love to contribute to the conservation of black-footed ferrets and prairie dogs, but any mammalian conservation research would be very fulfilling!