Don Hardeman Jr. - Project Manager, San Clemente Island Fox Sentinel Monitoring Program


IWS San Clemente Island


SCI fox


M.S. – University of Florida, 2019
B.S. – Texas A&M University, 2010

Don with black bear cubs

Research Interests:

My professional areas of interest focus on using field-based methods to address applied ecological questions in these primary categories: 1) predator-prey dynamics, 2) movement ecology, 3) population ecology, and 4) the effect of the anthropogenic landscape on wild mammalian populations.

Prior to working for IWS, I spent 4.5 years as a Black Bear Research Biologist, contributing to multi-faceted projects addressing the ecology and management of the Florida black bear. My work involved managing regional and statewide research projects, including the Florida black bear abundance study (2014-2015) and the Apalachicola Demographics project (2016-2019). While working in Florida I pursued a MSc in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. My graduate research focused on addressing knowledge gaps concerning black bear behavior in the human-dominated landscape.

Prior to my stint in the world of black bears, I worked on projects including: Grey wolf and American beaver ecology in Voyageurs National Park; Desert kit fox ecology in Southern California; population ecology of Pacific fisher in the Sierra National Forest; disease ecology of raccoons in Indiana; numerous studies quantifying the effect of energy production on bat populations; presence/absence surveys for the federally endangered Amargosa vole in Tecopa Hot Springs; consulting work as a biologist on energy projects; and Dune sagebrush lizard surveys in the Mescalero Sands of New Mexico.

I began working for IWS in 2019 as the Project Manager for the San Clemente Island Fox Sentinel Monitoring Program. My primary responsibility is overseeing our annual fox population monitoring efforts. Working in the dynamic setting of an active U.S. Navy training range, on an island 62 miles off shore, I never know what challenges the next day holds.