Paul M. Lukacs

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Paul M. Lukacs

Senior Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies

Office Hours:

Wednesday 12-2pm

Or by appointment,


Ph.D. 2005. Fishery and Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

M.S. 2001. Fishery and Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.

B.S. 1999. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

Courses Taught

WILD 540 - Research Design

WILD 541 - Research Design Lab (Introduction to R)

Research Interests

My research interests focus on development and application of quantitative methods to ecological problems, primarily in wildlife population dynamics.  I strive to connect ecological theory to wildlife management problems and in doing so improve wildlife management and test ecological theory.  My work crosses a broad spectrum of taxa from rare seabirds to hunted ungulates.  My current projects include ungulate population dynamics modeling and population ecology of Kittlitz’s murrelets in Icy Bay, AK.

Prior to joining UM, I served as Biometrician for the Colorado Division of Wildlife for more than five years.  In that role I provided statistical support to both research and management biologists.  I developed an understanding of the types of quantitative support wildlife management agencies need and how to convey those ideas to wildlife managers.  I also work closely with wildlife management agencies to develop computer software that brings the forefront of quantitative methods to the fingertips of wildlife managers.