Heward’s Science Page
 
 
I have been involved in a black bear, Ursus americanus, study for the last 15 years.  My field responsibilities have included trapping, radio-tracking, and winter denning in the Book Cliffs of eastern Utah.  My Thesis was  Management of Black Bears in Utah: Harvest Strategies and Outcomes.


For the last five years I have been working on an NSF
funded project surveying the Biodiversity of Tardigrades in North America.  This project is a collaborative effort between Baker University in Kansas, Fresno City College in California, and Brigham Young University in Utah.  We are identifying tardigrades based on their morphology and DNA sequences.  Click here for teacher resources related to tardigrades.


In 2006 I was involved in a survey for the Dark Kangaroo Mouse, Microdipodops megacephalus, in Utah’s Great Basin Desert.  The Dark Kangaroo Mouse is a Wildlife Species of Concern in Utah.  We were able to locate two populations of Dark Kangaroo Mice that were previously unknown through live-trapping of small mammals.

 
Research Background
“The Little Bear sleeps”
Visiting a bear den in the Book Cliffs.  These cubs are about two months old.
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