College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Joseph Kolowski

Joseph Kolowski

Joseph Kolowski

Adjunct Faculty

Mammalian ecology, human-wildlife conflict

Training and Research Specialist, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability, National Zoological Park

Ph.D. Michigan State University 

M.S. Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

B.S. Cornell University

Dr. Kolowski’s broad research interests are in mammalian ecology in the human landscape and the investigation and mitigation of human-wildlife conflict.  Specifically, he is interested in the use of spatial data at the landscape and local scale to investigate the influence of habitat fragmentation and other human activities on mammalian space use patterns, social systems, demographics, and the dynamics of human-carnivore conflict.  His passion for conservation and applied research has spawned a corresponding enthusiasm for the integration of this research with effective conservation education and training. He joined the Smithsonian Institution in 2007 as a post-doctoral fellow and since late 2009, Joe has coordinated conservation training and capacity building programs through the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and within the Smithsonian-Mason Global Conservation Studies Program. Joe capitalizes on his experience in international research, university teaching, and community outreach and education to ensure that the success of these programs not only continues but increases in the coming years. He continues to be involved in various research programs within SCBI, both in Gabon and Peru, investigating the influence of extractive activities on forest wildlife. Joe has a bachelor’s degree in natural resources and wildlife ecology from Cornell University, a master’s degree in wildlife ecology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a doctoral degree in zoology from Michigan State University.

Selected Publications

Kolowski, J.M., S. Blake, M.D. Kock, M.E. Lee, A. Henderson, A. Honorez and A. Alonso. 2010. Movements of four forest elephants in an oil concession in Gabon, Central Africa. African Journal of Ecology 48: 1134-1138.

Kolowski, J.M., and A. Alonso. 2010. Density and activity patterns of ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) in northern Peru and the impact of oil exploration activities. Biological Conservation 143: 917-925.

Kolowski, J.M., and K.E. Holekamp. 2009. Ecological and anthropogenic influences on space use in the spotted hyena. Journal of Zoology 277:23-36.

Smith, J.E., J.M. Kolowski, K.E. Graham, S.E. Dawes, and K.E. Holekamp. 2008. Social and ecological determinants of fission-fusion sociality in the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta). Animal Behaviour 76: 619-636.

Kolowski, J.M., and C.K. Nielsen. 2008. Using Penrose distance to identify potential risk of wildlife-vehicle collisions Biological Conservation 141:1119-1128.

Kolowski, J.M., and K E. Holekamp. 2006. Spatial, temporal, and physical characteristics of livestock depredations by large carnivores along a Kenyan reserve border. Biological Conservation 128:529-541.

Courses Taught

CONS 630/MCCS 0503: Species Monitoring and Conservation - Terrestrial Mammals