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Research Overview

My research interests are generally related to understanding how wildlife populations respond to environmental change, and the ecological, conservation, and management implications of those responses. A particular focus is on the development and application of statistical models for estimating animal abundance, occurrence, survival, resource selection, and species interactions. As such, research performed by my lab is grounded in ecological theory and is largely empirical, with a strong field component, and includes field experiments, observational studies, long-term datasets, and development of quantitative approaches. A particular area of research I’m interested in is how individuals, populations, and ecological communities respond to changes in resource availability across environmental gradients under changing habitat and climate conditions.

The Quantitative Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Lab focuses on both applied and basic research, with a current emphasis on three complimentary themes:

  1. Population and behavioral ecology.
  2. Species interactions and cascading effects.
  3. Development of novel field sampling and analytical techniques to inform wildlife management and conservation.

Current Research Projects

Modeling environmental factors affecting the frequency of wildlife-vehicle collisions (in the Methow Valley, WA)


Funding source: Washington State Department of Transportation

More details coming soon …


Avian responses to multi-state habitat components in restored and natural riparian systems (in the Kern River Preserve, CA).


Funding source/Collaborator: Southern Sierra Research Station.

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Monitoring demography of a newly discovered Mojave Desert tortoise population (in the United Nation’s Mojave and Colorado Deserts Biosphere Reserve)


Funding source: The Desert Tortoise Council

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Estimating biodiversity across vegetation gradients (in the United Nation’s Valle de Los Cirios Biosphere Reserve, Baja, Mexico)


Funding source: JiJi Foundation and ICF-International Community Foundation.

More details coming soon …