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Poster Presentation at 2019 WSU Annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium

3/2019 – A presentation titled “Mule Deer Space Use in Washington’s Methow Valley: Do Urban Deer have Smaller Home Ranges?” from WSU Undergraduate Intern Shayleh Shamrock (co-mentored by Dr. Manning and Dr. Caren Goldberg) was given at the 8th Annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium in Pullman, WA, March 25. This study was part of Dr. Manning’s larger investigation into deer-vehicle collisions for Washington’s Department of Transportation (Piper Petit, WSDOT lead). The SURCA is administered by the WSU Office of Undergraduate Research.

 


Article in press in Ecology and Evolution

2/2019 – Dr. Manning coauthored an article titled “Environmental and demographic drivers of male mating success vary across sequential reproductive episodes in a polygynous breeder” from an intensive, individual-based field study on wild horses on Sable Island, Canada that is accepted into the journal Ecology and Evolution. The authors’ results show that local demography, resource availability, and weather have differential effects on opportunity for sexual selection in males across selection episodes that make up the sexual selection process, effectively attenuating or accentuating effects of adult sex ratio. Read it online at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/ece3.5066.

 


Presentation at 2019 Desert Tortoise Council Symposium

2/2019 – A presentation titled “Genetic origins and population status of desert tortoises in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California” from Dr. Manning’s collaborative work with Dr. Taylor Edwards at the University of Arizona was given at the 44th Annual Desert Tortoise Council Symposium in Tucson, AZ, February 21-23.

 


Presentation at 2019 Mule Deer Foundation Conference

2/2019 – A presentation titled “Studying spatial patterns in deer-vehicle collisions & modeling environmental factors affecting their frequency in Washington’s Methow Valley” from Dr. Manning’s work for Washington’s Department of Transportation (Piper Petit and Matt Wisen) was given at the Mule Deer Summit at the Okanogan Trails Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation on Feb. 23.

 


Presentation at 2019 Desert Tortoise Council Symposium

2/2019 – A presentation titled “Efficacy of DNA sampling from herbivorous reptile scat” from Dr. Manning’s collaborative work with Drs. Taylor Edwards (University of Arizona), John Clemons (University of Arizona), and Melanie Culver (University of Arizona, USGS) was given at the 44th Annual Desert Tortoise Council Symposium in Tucson, AZ, February 21-23.

 


Report on Desert Tortoises to California State Parks

2/2019 – This agency report titled “Genetic origins and population status of desert tortoises in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California: initial steps towards population monitoring” was authored by Dr. Manning just prior to coming to WSU. Jeff was employed as an Environmental Scientist with California State Parks at the time he conducted this work. It involved various collaborations, including with Dr. Taylor Edwards (University of Arizona), Dr. Lyndon Murray (CDPR), and Dr. Caren Goldberg (WSU).  This report is representative of Jeff’s work for agencies over the years.