Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: New York
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

New York Staff Member


Catherine Sun

Catherine Sun

Email: cs752@cornell.edu

Biography

Hailing from Delaware, Cat graduated from the University of Delaware in May 2010 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Ecology and Organismic Biology. During her undergraduate career, Cat studied nemertean genomics, assisted in horseshoe crab spawning surveys, and researched the effects of nonnative plants on spider communities. In the summer of 2010, Cat worked as a field research assistant for Delaware State University mist-netting veeries and dissecting their nests for leaf litter decomposition. In her spare time, Cat enjoys watercolors, reading modern philosophy, and adding to her insect collection.

Research Interest

Cat is estimating population abundance of black bears in NY, using non-invasive genetic approaches under the direction of Dr. Angela Fuller and Dr. Matt Hare.

Research Publications Publication Date
Sun, C.C., A.K. Fuller, and J.A. Royle. Incorporating citizen science data in spatially explicit integrated population models. Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2777 2019-07-31
Sun, C.C., A.K. Fuller, M.P. Hare, and J. Hurst. 2017. Evaluating population expansion of a black bear population using noninvasive, genetic spatial capture-recapture. Journal of Wildlife Management 81: 814–823. doi:10.1002/jwmg.21248 2017-04-30
Sun, C. C., A. K. Fuller, and J. A. Royle. 2014. Trap configuration and spacing influences parameter estimates in spatial capture-recapture models. PLoS ONE.9(2): e88025. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088025 | Download 2014-02-28
Royle, J.A., R.B. Chandler, C.C. Sun, and A.K. Fuller. 2014. Reply to Efford on Integrating Resource Selection Information with Spatial Capture-Recapture. Methods in Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12205 2014-05-31
Royle, J.A., R. B. Chandler, C. C. Sun, and A. K. Fuller. 2013. Integrating resource selection information with spatial capture-recapture. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12039. | Abstract 2013-02-28
Presentations Presentation Date
Sun, C.S., A.K. Fuller, and J.A, Royle. Multi-scale integrated modeling framework of animal population dynamics incorporating spatial capture-recapture and occupancy data collected from citizen science and traditional sampling. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland. 13 August, 2015. 2015-08-13
Sun, C.S., A.K. Fuller, M.P. Hare, and J.A. Royle. Joining Resource Selection and Spatial Capture-Recapture into a Single Model: Estimating the population size of black bears in southwestern New York using a spatially-explicit capture-recapture model. 69th Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY. 9 April, 2013. 2013-04-09
Sun, C.S. and A.K. Fuller. 2017. Use of citizen scientists in black bear management. New York Chapter of the Wildlife Society 2017 annual meeting. Hamilton, NY. 1 March, 2017. 2017-03-01
Sun, C.C., M.P. Hare, A.K. Fuller, and J.E. Hurst. 2017. Phylogeography of black bears in the northeastern United States. 24th Annual Conference of the Wildlife Society. Albuquerque, New Mexico. 26 September, 2017. 2017-09-26
Sun, C.C., A.K. Fuller, M.P. Hare, and J.E. Hurst. Phylogeography of black bears in the northeastern United States. 25th International Conference on Bear Research and Management. Quito, Ecuador. 2017-11-16
Sun, C.C., A.K. Fuller, M.P. Hare, and J.A. Royle. Black bears in the Southern Tier of New York: Patterns of population expansion with genetics and models. Presented to Alfred University, Seminar Series. September 19, 2014. 2014-09-19
Sun, C., A. Fuller, and J. Hurst. Black bear research and management in New York with iSeeMammals, a citizen science initiative. 74th Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference, Burlington, VT. Invited. 2018-04-16
Sun, C., A. Fuller, J. Royle, and J. Hurst. 2015. Multi-scale integrated modeling framework of animal population dynamics incorporating spatial capture-recapture and occupancy data collected from citizen science and traditional sampling. Ecological Society of America, August 13, 2015. 2015-08-13
Sun, C. S., M. C. Adams, and A. K. Fuller. Black Bears in New York: Ecology, History, and Management. Invited talk, National Wild Turkey Federation, New York State Chapter Leadership Meeting. Waterloo, NY. 12 January, 2013. 2013-01-12
Sun, C. S., J. A. Royle, R. B. Chandler, and A. K. Fuller. 2013. Joining Resource Selection and Spatial Capture-Recapture into a Single Model. 21st Eastern Black Bear Workshop, Millinocket, Maine. 28 April - 1 May. 2013-04-29
Sun, C. S., A. K. Fuller, and J.A. Royle. Novel approaches to big problems: Integrating citizen science to monitor and estimate black bear populations in New York. 71st Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference. 20 April, 2015. 2015-04-20
Sun, C. S., A. K. Fuller, and J. Andrew Royle. Joint estimation of black bear resource selection and population density. 22nd International Conference on Bear Research and Management, Provo, UT. 19 September, 2013. 2013-09-19
Sun, C. S., A. K. Fuller, J. A. Royle, and M. P. Hare. Comparing Spatial and Non-Spatial Capture-Recapture Methods to Estimate Population Size of Black Bears in South-Western New York. Department of Natural Resources Symposium, Cornell University, 18 January, 2013. 2013-01-18
Sun, C. Fuller, A., Hare, M. 2014. Studying Wildlife Populations with Non-invasive Genetic Sampling. Poster for Cornell Biology Open House. February 5, 2014. 2014-02-05
Sun, C. C., A. K. Fuller, J. A. Royle, and M. Hare. Joint estimation of black bear resource selection and population density. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI. 7 October, 2013. 2013-10-07
Sun, C. A.K. Fuller, M.P. Hare, J. Hurst, and J.A. Royle. Population patterns and range expansion of black bears using non-invasive genetic, spatial capture-recapture models, New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Coordinating Committee Meeting. September 16, 2014. 2014-09-16
Sun, C. A.K. Fuller, M.P. Hare, J. Hurst, and J.A. Royle. Population patterns and range expansion of black bears in the Southern Black Bear Range. Presented to NYSDEC Big Game Meeting. September 18, 2014. 2014-09-18
Gomes-Selman, J. P. Finlay, C.C. Sun., and A.K. Fuller. NY eBear: A mobile app for collecting citizen science data on black bears in New York. Poster at 71st Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference. 21 April, 2015. 2015-04-21