Collaborators: Jonathan Slaght
Role: Co-founder of Blakiston's Fish Owl Project
Education: Ph.D. Wildlife Conservation, University of Minnesota, 2011
Affiliations: Program Manager, Wildlife Conservation Society Russia Program
Jonathan has been interested in Blakiston’s fish owls since 2000, when he photographed the first known individual in Lazo County in southern Primorye. The Blakiston’s fish owl resource selection study was the basis for his Ph.D. dissertation in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Minnesota. Fluent in Russian, he has been involved in Russian conservation for more than a decade. In addition to fish owls, Jon works on research projects involving Amur tigers and Siberian musk deer. Jon splits his time between Minnesota and Primorye.
Recent Scientific Publications:
KERLEY, L.L. and SLAGHT, J.C. 2013. First documented predation of sika deer (Cervus nippon) by golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) in Russian Far East. Journal of Raptor Research 47: 328-330. doi: 10.3356/JRR-12-00008.1
SLAGHT, J.C., J. HORNE, S.G. SURMACH, and R.J. GUTIÉRREZ. 2013. Home Range and Resource Selection by Animals Constrained by Linear Habitat Features: an Example of Blakiston's Fish Owl. Journal of Applied Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12143
SLAGHT, J.C., S.G. SURMACH, and R.J. GUTIÉRREZ. 2013. Riparian old-growth forests provide critical nesting and foraging habitat for Blakiston’s fish owl Bubo blakistoni in Russia. Oryx 47: 553-560. doi: 10.1017/S0030605312000956
ODOM, K.J., J.C. SLAGHT, and R.J. GUTIÉRREZ. 2013. Distinctiveness in the Territorial Calls of Great Horned Owls within and among Years.Journal of Raptor Research 47: 21-30.
ZAITSEV, V.A., I.V. SERYODKIN, D.A. MAKSIMOVA, Y.A. PIMENOVA, B. MILAKOVSKY, J.C. SLAGHT, and D.G. MIQUELLE. 2013. Survey methods to estimate musk deer (Moschus moschiferus) population density and distribution in Sikhote-Alin habitats. Pages 73-80 in Yashchenko, R.V [Ed.], Scientific Basis for the Development of a Federal Wildlife Inventory of Kazakhstan and Neighboring Countries. Conference proceedings. 11-12 March, 2013, Institute of Zoology, Almaty, Kazakhstan. In Russian.
SLAGHT, J.C., D.A. MAKSIMOVA, D.G. MIQUELLE, I.V. SERYODKIN, B. MILAKOVSKY, V.A. ZAYTSEV, and E.A. PIMENOVA. 2012. The influence of logging on musk deer resource selection: preliminary results from the central Sikhote-Alin. Pp. 183-189 in Zhilyakov, L.V. [Ed.]. Innovative Technologies in Veterinary Medicine, Animal Husbandry, and Nature Conservation in the Russian Far East. Conference Proceedings. 1-2 November, 2012, Primorskaya State Academy of Agriculture, Ussuriisk, Russia. In Russian.
SLAGHT, JC, S. AVDEYUK, and S. SURMACH. 2009. Using Prey Enclosures to Lure Fish-Eating Raptors to Traps. Journal of Raptor Research 43: 237-240.
SLAGHT, J.C. AND S.G. SURMACH. 2008. Biology and conservation of Blakiston’s fish owls in Russia: a review of the primary literature and assessment of the secondary literature. Journal of Raptor Research 42: 29-37.
SLAGHT, J.C., D. G. MIQUELLE, J.M. GOODRICH, I.G. NIKOLAEV, E. N. SMIRNOV, B. O. SCHLEYER, K. TRAYLOR-HOLZER, S. CHRISTIE, T. ARJANOVA, J.L.D. SMITH, AND K. U. KARANTH. 2005. Chapter 6. Who‘s king of the beasts? Historical and recent body weights of wild and captive Amur tigers, with comparisons to other subspecies. Pages 25-35 in Miquelle, D.G., E.N. Smirnov, and J.M. Goodrich (eds.). Tigers in Sikhote-Alin Zapovednik: Ecology and Conservation. PSP, Vladivostok, Russia (in Russian).