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Current Projects

Conservation and management of mountain woodland caribou in the Canadian Rockies

Conservation and management of mountain woodland caribou in the Canadian Rockies

Woodland caribou populations are classified as threatened in Canada under the Species at Risk Act (SARA), due to anthropogenic activities that are altering predator-prey dynamics. We have conducted research since 2007 across the souther mountain ecotype of woodland caribou in Alberta and BC to contribute to caribou recovery efforts. By working cooperatively with industry and governments, we will work to understand the links between human activities and caribou conservation to promote sustainable development and species recovery. This is large, interagency project between government agencies and the Universities of Montana, Calgary, and Alberta. Find out more about the overall project, or the two main research components here at the University of Montana below.

a) Wolf-caribou predator-prey dynamics in the Canadian Rockies

b) Modeling relationships between wolves, elk, caribou, and fire to aid caribou recovery in the Canadian Rockies National Parks
Bitterroot Elk Project

Bitterroot Elk Project

Together with Dr. Kelly Proffitt from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, we are investigating the roles of top-down (predation) and bottom-up (habitat) forces in driving elk population dynamics in the East and West forks of the Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana.

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The Ecology of Tigers in the Intact Asian Landscapes of Bhutan

The Ecology of Tigers in the Intact Asian Landscapes of Bhutan

Building on a strong relationship between the University of Montana and Bhutan, PhD student Tshering Tempa are working together with the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) in the Ministry of Agriculture to study the ecology of Bengal Tigers in Bhutan. 

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Linking mule deer populations to habitat in Idaho

Linking mule deer populations to habitat in Idaho

The aims of this research project are to better understand the link between habitat quality and mule deer population dynamics in Idaho, with a goal of building better predictive population models for mule deer management. Lead by Idaho Fish and Game Mule deer research biologist Mark Hurley.

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Multi-species Camera Trapping Monitoring in the Canadian Rockies

Multi-species Camera Trapping Monitoring in the Canadian Rockies

Robin Steenweg is working with Canadian National and Provincial Parks to improve multi-species occupancy modeling using a large-scale remote camera trapping grid.

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Response of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep to climate change

Response of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep to climate change

The Sierra Nevada Bighorn sheep is amongst the world’s most endangered mountain ungulates, and the goals of this project are to understand how climate change will affect recovery.

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Determinants of migratory plasticity in ungulates in the Italian Alps

Determinants of migratory plasticity in ungulates in the Italian Alps

This collaborative research project focuses on explaining plasticity in migration, such as partial migration, in ungulates. The project addresses several questions at different scales from the individual animal to the population and species level. Wibke Peters is leading this research for her PhD, focusing on Roe deer and Red deer in the Italian Alps and through Europe. 

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Long-term population dynamics of the partially migratory elk Ya Ha Tinda elk herd

Long-term population dynamics of the partially migratory elk Ya Ha Tinda elk herd

Since 2001, Evelyn Merrill (University of Alberta) and Mark Hebblewhite have collaborated on a long-term project on the population dynamics of the Ya Ha Tinda elk herd in Banff National Park. Scott Eggeman is leading the current phase of the research focusing on dynamics of partial migration.

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Amur tiger habitat selection and predator-prey dynamic

Amur tiger habitat selection and predator-prey dynamic

Working with Wildlife Conservation Society - Russia, Mark Hebblewhite and graduate student Clay Miller (Fall 2009), working with Dale Miquelle, WCS, are investigating a variety of aspects of the ecology and conservation of the Amur Tiger.

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