My current research is focused on the study of vertebrate population ecology at three scales of study, including spatial requirements of individuals, population-level dynamics, and community/landscape-level dynamics. At each of these scales, I work collaboratively with university, state, and federal conservation organizations across the Midwest, Intermountain West, and southeastern United States on the development and evaluation of quantitative, field, and laboratory methods to address applied conservation issues. My research has focused largely on ungulate ecology and management, though has expanded in recent years to include additional vertebrate taxa (e.g., mesocarnivores, waterfowl, small mammals) to address priority management and conservation issues. Additionally, my students and I also focus on integrating infectious disease ecology with intensive field studies to elucidate mechanisms that underpin spatial and temporal responses of terrestrial vertebrates to harvest strategies, natural and human-induced disturbances across Midwestern landscapes, predator-prey dynamics, and ultimately the factors regulating population growth.
South Dakota State University, Ph.D., Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, 2007
South Dakota State University, M.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, 2001