Kristin Barker

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Kristin Barker

M.S. student, Wildlife Biology

Personal Summary

I am broadly interested in using science and technology to inform and improve wildlife management. Since receiving my undergraduate degree from Western State Colorado University, I have worked in the field on studies of carnivores, mesopredators, ungulates, birds, amphibians, insects, trees, and understory plants for federal agencies, state agencies, university researchers, and private consulting companies. My varied work experience has strongly impressed upon me the importance of rigorous scientific research (in addition to social and economic considerations) in helping wildlife managers identify and achieve management goals. My current work, in collaboration with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, focuses on an elk population that provides important recreational and hunting opportunities to residents and visitors of the Bitterroot Valley south of Missoula.


Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, CO (Aug. 2009 - Dec. 2012)

  • Wildlife concentration; Environmental Biology and Ecology emphasis


Bachelor of Arts, English, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA (Aug. 2002 - May 2006)

Selected Publications

Coop, J.D., Barker, K.J., Knight, A.D. and Pecharich, J.S., 2014. Aspen (Populus tremuloides) stand dynamics and understory plant community changes over 46years near Crested Butte, Colorado, USA. Forest Ecology and Management, 318, pp.1-12.