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Recent Theses/Dissertations in Wildlife Biology

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  • Demographic and behavioral responses of breeding birds to variation in food, nest predation, and habitat structure across multiple spatial scales
  • Physiological, life history, and behavioral responses of a breeding bird community to experimentally reduced nest predation risk
  • Ecology and roosting behavior of rough-legged hawks (Buteo lagopus) wintering in the Mission Valley of northwestern Montana
  • The role of selective foraging and cecal microflora in Sage Grouse nutritional ecology 
  • Roost-site selection and potential prey sources after wildland fire for two insectivorous bat species (Myotis evotis and Myotis lucifugus) in mid-elevation forests of western Montana


  • Assessing the success of swift fox reintroductions on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Montana
  • Spatial-population dynamics of Microtus in grazed and ungrazed grasslands Dietary overlap between Argali Sheep (Ovis ammon) and domestic livestock in Mongolia -Population dynamics of mountain bluebirds
  • The effect of snowmobile trails on coyote movements within lynx home ranges Effects of transportation and development on black bear movement, mortality, and highway corridor use
  • Calf elk survival in west-central Montana and its impact on population dynamics Fecal pellet deposition and disappearance rates for snowshoe hares in western Montana
  • A survey method and noninvasive genetic technique for providing reliable wolverine detections
  • Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) density, movement, and survival in relation to landscape patterns Movements and habitat-use of grizzly bears along U.S. Highway 2 in northwestern Montana 1998-2001


  • An evaluation of wolf-livestock conflicts and management in the northwestern United States
  • Winter foraging ecology and browse effects of mule deer, elk, white-tailed deer, and cattle on the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch, Montana
  • Lions, bears and wolves: detangling the issues surrounding predator conservation in the West


  • Avian life history evolution: explaining variation among species, populations, and individuals
  • Wolf ecology in the western Alps: analysis with non-invasive techniques
  • Vegetation structure and floristics at nest sits of grassland birds in north central North Dakota
  • Community forest management in Tsitongambarika Forest Reserve, Madagascar
  • The effects of fire and grazing on breeding birds in mixed-grass prairie Effects of ponderosa pine forest restoration on birds and small mammals
  • Landscape ecology of snowshoe hares in Montana Changes in bird abundance and species composition in coniferous forests following a mixed-severity wildfire
  • An evaluation of fisher (martes pennanti) introductions in Montana


  • Estimation of brook trout movement in a beaver pond complex using multi-state capture-recapture models: examination of restricted movement
  • Habitat selection of large flying foxes using radio telemetry
  • Local distribution of brown-headed cowbirds relative to movement of livestock and a comparison of cowbird detection techniques
  • Evaluation of GIS-based habitat models for bighorn sheep winter range in Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Spatial and temporal response of grizzly bears to recreational use on trails
  • Ecology of Malayan sun bears (helarctos maylaanus) in the lowland tropical rainforest of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo


  • Avian community composition and nesting productivity relative to cattle grazing in north-central Montana
  • Survival and dispersal of yellow warblers in Montana
  • Translocating black-tailed prairie Dogs to the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Montana
  • The effect of forest fragmentation and forest edge on Columbian mouse and Southern red-backed vole demography
  • Avian community composition and nesting productivity relative to cattle grazing in north-central Montana
  • The influence of landscape location and gene flow on genetic variation in two threatened carnivores