Monica Bond

Link to Research Group page (Prof. Dr. Barbara König)

Link to Research Group page (Prof. Dr. Arpat Ozgul)

Research Interests

I am a wildlife biologist with an emphasis on integrating behavioral ecology and demography to conserve threatened species. My PhD research focuses on dynamics and persistence of a socially and spatially structured giraffe population in a coupled natural-human ecosystem. I am building upon a long-term database of >2,100 individually identified giraffes in the Tarangire Ecosystem of northern Tanzania to investigate fine-grained biological and ecological factors underlying social and spatial population dynamics. I am studying social networks, herd dynamics, and natal dispersal. Results from my research will have important implications for conservation and management of giraffes and other tropical ungulates inhabiting increasingly fragmented ecosystems.

Previously I studied space use by small mammals and Burrowing Owls in grasslands, habitat use by spotted owls in burned landscapes, and demography of northern elephant seals and arboreal salamanders in California and Hawaiian monk seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.


Education and Professional Positions

2017 - present Ph.D. candidate, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2011 - 2017 Principal Scientist, Wild Nature Institute
2011 Biologist, The Institute for Bird Populations, Lassen National Forest, California
2004 -2010 Research Assistant, Point Blue Conservation Science, SE Farallon Island, California
2008 - 2009 Field Biologist, NMFS Pacific Islands Marine Science Center, Tern Island, Hawaii
2006 - 2007 Biologist and Co-Principal Investigator, The Institute for Bird Populations, Sequoia National Forest, California
2001 - 2006 Staff Biologist, Center for Biological Diversity, Idyllwild, California
1999 - 2001 Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Department of Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology
1996 - 1999 M.Sc. in Wildlife Science, Oregon State University

Selected Publications

  • Lee DE., Bond ML., Bolger DT. (2017) Season of birth affects juvenile survival of giraffe. Population Ecology. DOI: 10.1007/s10144-017-0571-8
  • Lee DE., Kissui BM., Kiwango YA., Bond ML. (2016) Migratory herds of wildebeest and zebra indirectly affect juvenile survival of giraffes. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2561
  • Bond ML., Strauss MKL., Lee DE. (2016) Soil correlates and mortality of Giraffe Skin Disease in Tanzania. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. DOI: 10.7589/2016-02-047
  • Bond ML., Bradley C., Lee DE. (2016) Foraging habitat selection by California spotted owls after fire. Journal of Wildlife Management, 80:1290-1300. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21112
  • Lee DE., Bond ML., Kissui BM., Kiwango YA., Bolger DT. (2016) Spatial variation in giraffe demography: a test of 2 paradigms. Journal of Mammalogy, 97:1015-1025. DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyw086
  • Lee DE., Bond ML. (2016) Precision, accuracy, and costs of survey methods for giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis. Journal of Mammalogy, 97:940-948. DOI: 10.1093/jmammal/gyw025
  • Lee DE., Bond ML. (2016) The occurrence and prevalence of giraffe skin disease in protected areas of northern Tanzania. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 52:753-755. DOI: 10.7589/2015-09-247
  • Lee DE., Bond ML. (2015) Previous year’s reproductive state affects Spotted Owl site occupancy and reproduction responses to natural and anthropogenic disturbances. The Condor, 117:307-319. DOI: 10.1650/CONDOR-14-197.1
  • Lee DE., Bond ML. (2015) Occupancy of California Spotted Owl sites following a large fire in the Sierra Nevada, California. The Condor, 117:228-236. DOI: 10.1650/CONDOR-14-155.1
  • Lee DE., Bond ML., Borchert MI., Tanner R. (2013) Influence of fire and salvage logging on site occupancy of spotted owls in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains of Southern California. Journal of Wildlife Management, 77:1327-1341. DOI: 10.1650/CONDOR-14-155.1