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Current Lab Members

Kristen Whyle, PhD Student

Kristen is pursuing her PhD at the University of Idaho, in collaboration with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Washington and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife. Her project focuses on the movement ecology of bighorn sheep in the Hells Canyon metapopulation and its implications for disease transmission. Using long-term VHF/GPS-collar and demographic data, she is examining the characteristics of movement routes and the relationship between population and spatial dynamics, and using this information to develop a dynamic predictive model of bighorn sheep movements and connectivity in Hells Canyon.

Nate Rice, MS Student

Nate is pursuing his MS degree at the University of Idaho, under the co-supervision of Dr. Dave Ausband (Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit). Nate’s project focuses on modeling habitat selection and connectivity of grizzly bears in the Cabinet/Yaak, Selkirk, and Bitterroot ecosystems using GPS tracking data.   

Walker Field, MS Student

Walker is pursuing his MS degree at the University of Idaho. His project focuses on the effects of beaver dams on greater sage-grouse space use and vital rates, with a focus on the brood-rearing season. Walker's field data collection takes place at Rinker Rock Creek Ranch, a multiple-use ranch managed by the University of Idaho to promote ecological research, conservation, and restoration of rangeland ecosystems.


Past Lab Members

Ronan Hart, MS 2022

Ronan earned his MS degree at Utah State University in 2022, under the co-supervision of Dr. Tal Avgar (Biodiversity Pathways, Canada). Ronan's project focused on the effects of anthropogenic linear features on the space use behavior of mule deer and pronghorn in Utah: using GPS-tracking data from the Utah Migration Initiative, Ronan quantified how these two sympatric ungulates are affected by roads and fences, and whether they respond more strongly to the presence of roads or the traffic on them. Ronan is now a Spatial Ecologist in Dr. Gavin Jones' lab at the University of New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain Research Station!

Courtney Check, MS 2023

Courtney earned her MS degree at Utah State University in 2023, under the co-supervision of Dr. Tal Avgar (Biodiversity Pathways, Canada) and Dr. Garrett Street (Mississippi State University). Courtney's project focused on competition between wild and domestic ungulates: using a combination of GPS-tracking and camera trap data, Courtney tested a set of alternative hypotheses to identify the mechanisms driving competition between cattle and mule deer in Utah. Courtney is currently pursuing her PhD as an NSF GRFP Fellow under the supervision of Dr. Clark Rushing at the University of Georgia! 

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