Molly McDevitt

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Molly McDevitt

PhD student, Fish & Wildlife Biology

Personal Summary

Molly's research interests lie in developing and improving tools for effectively understanding the populations we, as ecologist, study through the application of mathematical models to biological systems. Her work aims to positively impact on-the-ground wildlife conservation efforts by providing more precise and useful population estimates to make informed conservation decisions. Molly grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and earned a B.S. in environmental sciences from the University of Oregon. After college, she worked on a range of wildlife field research projects (usually ones that kept her moving A LOT) as well as working as an educator with various natural science education programs. In 2019, Molly earned an M.S. at the University of Montana's Wildlife Biology Program and in partnership with Idaho Department of Fish and Game work on a project to develop analytical and field methods for monitoring mountain goats -- a difficult-to-study and low-density species. Molly's PhD work takes her to South Dakota and Montana, where she is studying pronghorn movement and ecology. In addition to expanding her knowledge of large scale wildlife ecology, she is excited to dive into the management of large data sets gathered from GPS collar information. In her spare time, Molly enjoys biking, walking through copious amounts of fresh snow and slowly trail running.n.