Assistant Professor, Wildlife Biology Program; Director, Avian Science Center
I joined the faculty in the Wildlife Biology Program and the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences at the University of Montana in Jan 2012. My prior experience includes over 7 years as a Research Scientist for the State of Colorado's wildlife management agency, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. My post-doctoral experiences range from population and demographic modeling to disease ecology to applied species conservation. I received my PhD from the University of Miami (Florida) in which I had an unique opportunity to work with many of the quantitative scientists at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and my BS from Colorado State University. In general, my research interests are broad focusing on basic and applied questions on population and community ecology in numerous ecosystems.
1994 BS Colorado State University
2000 PhD University of Miami
My research interest involves multiple major disciplines including conservation biology, wildlife management, population and community ecology, and most recently, ecosystem ecology. I am most interested in the conservation challenges that interface the demand of the world’s ecosystems to support the growing human population. My long-term research program (> 10 years) focuses on understanding environmental (i.e., weather, climate, habitat) and anthropogenic impacts (i.e., modern land use practices) on short-grass prairie systems. Over the tenure of this research program, I have established a productive partnership with private landowners within the agricultural industry; cultivating conservation practices and implementing management strategies within a prairie ecosystem. I have expanded my interests with another research program in mixed-grass/sagebrush prairie system in eastern Montana. I initiated this program in 2012 with the main objective to investigate impacts of human land use practices – predominantly domestic livestock grazing - on the ecological functioning and processes of this mixed-grass/sagebrush prairie system.
In addition, I have an interest in using wildlife monitoring programs to assist in developing and informing conservation plans for biodiversity. I believe that monitoring programs need to be adaptive; building on the past and learning from the present to meet the needs of the future.
See the Prairie Systems Ecology and Conservation website for more information on me and my lab.