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Wild Herbivore Ecology Lab Meet the lab

Principal Investigator


Lisa A. Shipley

Professor, School of the Environment

425 Heald Hall, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2812



Ph.D. Texas A&M University, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

M.S. University of Maine, Wildlife Management

B.S. Colorado State University, Wildlife Biology

Research interests:

  • Foraging ecology, nutrition and diet selection of vertebrates
  • Morphological and physiological adaptations of plants and animals for herbivory
  • Behavior and habitat requirements of free-ranging mammals


SoE 310 – Methods in Wildlife Ecology

SoE 435 – Wildlife Ecology

SoE 556 – Foraging Ecology of Herbivores

Postdoctoral Researchers



Meghan Camp

Measuring ungulate densities in northeastern Washington using camera traps and distance sampling

Ph.D. 2017 –The balancing act of foraging: mammalian herbivores trade off multiple risks when selecting food patches





Steven Woodley

Assessing wildlife communities in relation to land use in east-central Washington



Current and recent graduate students





Rebekah Lumkes, M.S. student

Effects of Conservation Reserve Program on Mule Deer Habitat Selection, Movement, and Vital Rates in Southeastern Washington




Cullen Anderson, M.S. in progress (co-advisor)

Assessing density of unmarked mule deer and coyotes using Random Encounter Models




Katie Anderson, Ph.D. in progress

Influence of diet diversity on microbiome and intake of herbivores




Allison Stift M.S. (co-advisor, In progress)

Occupancy of wildlife communities in the sagebrush-steppe/agricultural landscape of east-central Washington





Logan Whiles, M.S. 2021 (co-advisor)

Predation risk for hoary marmots in the changing climate of Washington’s North Cascades.





Anna Staudenmaier, M.S. 2020

A comparison of the fundamental nutritional niche and realized habitat niche of sympatric mule and white-tailed deer in eastern Washington





Deborah Monzingo, M.S. 2020

Influences of habitat characteristics on forage resources of Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus canadensis) in North-Central Idaho




Peter Olsoy, Ph.D. 2019 (co-advisor)

Habitat mapping and multi-scale resource selection of pygmy rabbits with unmanned aerial systems




Iver Hull, M.S. 2018

Influences of fuel reduction treatments on nutritional ecology of deer in northeastern Washington




Jonathon Heale, M.S. 2018

Habitat selection by Columbian white-tailed deer along the Lower Columbia River




Stephanie Berry, M.S. 2017

A comparison of nutritional and foraging ecology of sympatric mule and white-tailed deer in northeastern Washington





Kyle Ebenoch, M.S. 2017 (co-advisor)

Comparing population vital rates of resident and translocated greater sage-grouse on the Yakima Training Center, Yakima, WA




Amy Ulappa, Ph.D. 2015

Using foraging dynamics to answer landscape management questions: The nutritional ecology of black-tailed deer




Miranda Crowell, M.S. 2015

Food and fearscape: Responses of generalist and specialist rabbits to food and predation risks




Tiffany Baker, M.S. 2015

Habitat Selection and spatial responses of bighorn sheep to forest canopy in north-central Washington




Kourtney Stonehouse, M.S. 2013

Habitat selection by sympatric, translocated greater sage-grouse and Columbia sharp-tailed grouse in eastern Washington

Current and Recent Undergraduate Researchers



Phoenix Bennett – Mule deer fawn bedding sites in the agricultural landscape of southeastern Washington

Caitlin Cheney – Comparing salivary glands of mule and white-tailed deer

Jenna Chapman – Social behavior and space use by American pikas at Craters of the Moon National Monument

Bethany Tegt – From mountain tops to lava beds: A comparison of haying and foraging by American pikas in typical and atypical habitats

Lacey Rose – Foraging in a complex world: Do mule and white-tailed deer use olfactory cues to locate and select their diets?

David Navarro – Assessing the accuracy of accelerometers for measuring behavior of deer

Katie Wat – Influence of forest succession and forage plantings on nutritional carrying capacity and habitat selection of Roosevelt elk

Adrian Rus –┬áSurvival and nest success of sympatric greater sage-grouse and Columbian sharp-tailed grouse in eastern Washington