Laura Prugh

Associate Professor of Quantitative Wildlife Sciences

I study the dynamics of wildlife populations and communities, with a particular interest in facilitation, trophic interactions, and indirect effects. Research in the Prugh lab uses a combination of intensive fieldwork, modeling techniques, meta-analyses, and interdisciplinary approaches to study the response of wildlife communities to global change. Current research focuses on carnivore communities in Alaska and arid grasslands in California. 

New from the Prugh Lab

  • August 2018: Surprising winners and losers of California’s drought: read about it in our Nature Climate Change paper, or this Wired magazine article

  • The Washington Predator Prey Project website designed by PhD student Taylor Ganz is live!

  • August 2018: Two new papers highlight strong effects of snow properties on Dall sheep movements and demography: postdoc Peter Mahoney led the Ecological Applications paper and postdoc Madelon van de Kerk led the Environmental Research Letters paper!

  • March 2018: How dense does snow need to be for Dall sheep not to posthole? Find out here in a new paper led by Kelly Sivy!

  • February 2018: Animals alter precipitation legacies in the Carrizo Plain: new paper led by Josh Grinath!

  • December 2017: New paper in Oikos led by Kelly Sivy shows how wolves affect resource partitioning between coyotes and foxes

  • December 2017: Genetics lab manager Kelly Williams used eDNA to detect invasive pigs at watering holes, reported in Ecology and Evolution!

  • November 2017: New paper led by co-PI Dave Verbyla in Remote Sensing on spring snowlines in Dall sheep mountain ranges!

  • September 2017: Laura talked about the role of science in conservation along with fellow panelists Jane Lubchenco and Rob Pringle at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, sponsored by HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

  • September 2017: Kelly Sivy's "Fatal attraction" paper is out in The American Naturalist! Read about how wolves suppress and facilitate a suite of mesopredators

  • The SEFS Shared Genetics Lab is operational! Check out the lab website