Squirrel research to be presented at national conference

By Ryne Turke on August 19, 2015 at 1:26pm

A MacMurray College Associate Biology professor is presenting a study conducted on Greene County squirrels at a national conference.

Rochelle McElroy, a graduate of MacMurray College and Greenfield High School, recently completed local squirrel research for an independent study.

With the guidance of Dr. Wolovich, the research explored competition between fox squirrels and gray squirrels.

According to a press release, the research suggests that gray squirrels occur at greater densities than fox squirrels in Greene County, and when two species encounter one another in the presence of food; gray squirrels chase away fox squirrels.

Additional collaborative research by Wolvocich includes studies on the endangered Western red colobus monkey and the green vervet monkey.

The conference takes place in Baltimore, Maryland later this month.