Jeff is the Director of the WSU Quantitative Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Lab. He holds two positions in WSU’s School of the Environment; he is a new Assistant Professor in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and an Assistant Research Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.. … Click on Jeff’s link to learn more.
Graduate Student Chair
Cullen Anderson. M.S. Student, 2019 – present. Cullen joined the QWEC Lab after receiving a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Management from Auburn University, where he studied carnivores in Madagascar and Belize as an undergraduate researcher. Here, he is investigating the effects of brown bears on black bear occupancy and abundance on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska by scaling spatially explicit simultaneous genetic tagging data to habitat heterogeneity using 2-species occupancy and spatial capture-recapture techniques.
Amanda Crandall. M.S. Student, 2019 – present. Amanda joined the QWEC Lab after receiving a B.S. in Biology at James Madison University and working for the Virginia Tech Dept. of F&W Conservation as a research technician on several avian studies. At WSU, Amanda is researching avian responses to multi-state habitat components in restored and natural riparian systems in the Kern River Preserve of California’s Southern Sierras by linking cross-sectional and longitudinal individual, population, and community metrics to habitat components.
Graduate Student Committee Member
Kyle Ebenhoch. M.S., 2015-2017. Natural Resource Science, School of the Environment, Washington State University, Pullman. Comparing population vital rates of translocated and resident greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) on the Yakima Training Center (YTC), Yakima, WA. Advisor: Dan Thornton.
Charles Steven Borrego, M.S., 2014-2015. Natural Resource Science, School of the Environment, Washington State University, Pullman. Differential effects of habitat on the occupancy of jaguar, puma, and sympatric carnivores in Sonora, Mexico. Advisor: Rob Wielgus.
Undergraduate Student Mentor
Shayleh Shamrock, WSU Undergraduate Research Intern, 2018-2019. Home range sizes of mule deer across a gradient of human development (Co-Mentor with Caren Goldberg).
Matthew Jasper, WSU Undergraduate Research Intern, 2017. Initial steps towards predicting environmental drivers of deer-vehicle collisions along SR20 in the Methow Valley, Washington (Mentor).
Julia Dalquist, WSU CAHNRS Ignite Student, 2016. Trail camera photo processing for wildlife in Little Pend Orielle National Wildlife Refuge and literature review of herbivorous reptile dietary needs in Baja California, Mexico. Julia was a student in the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Ignite Undergraduate Research Program. (Mentor).
Field and Lab Assistants
Sean Skinner, Wildlife Research Technician, 2019 (summer). Sean is establishing and maintaining sampling grids of game cameras to detect carnivores as part of a study investigating carnivore responses to and interactions with avian species in restored and natural riparian habitats in the Kern River Valley, California.