Laura Prugh, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Research interests: multi-species conservation and management, population and community dynamics, ecological restoration, conservation of fragmented populations, noninvasive genetics
- Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California Berkeley
- Postdoctoral Researcher, University of British Columbia
- PhD (2005), University of British Columbia
- BA (1996), Earlham College
Taylor Ganz, PhD Student
Research Interests: multi-species ecology and conservation science, particularly as relevant to public lands management in the American West.
Thesis: Wolf-Ungulate interactions in Washington State
Funding: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
- BA Physics (2009), Lewis and Clark College
- BS Mechanical Engineering (2010), The University of Southern California
- MESc (2017), The Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Kate Orlofsky, MSc Student
Research Interests: Carnivore Ecology, Interspecific Interactions, Conservation Biology, Wildlife Management, Behavioral Ecology, Non-invasive Monitoring Approaches, Predator-Prey Dynamics
Education: BSc (2012), Cornell University, Animal Science and Biology
Funding: National Science Foundation
Kelly Williams, Genetics Lab Manager
Research Interests: Molecular detection of invasive species using environmental DNA in water; noninvasive genetic approaches for species, sex, and individual identification
- MSc (2016), Colorado State University, Ecology (focus in Fish, Wildlife, & Cons Bio)
- BSc (2013), Niagara University, Biology (focus in Environmental Studies)
Kaija Klauder, MSc Student
Research interests: Terrestrial carnivore ecology and behavior with a focus on trophic relationships and interspecificinteractions; carnivore conservation and management including human dimensions and science communication; non-invasive monitoring techniques.
Thesis: Scavenging dynamics and habitat use of wolves and mesocarnivores in Denali National Park.
Funding: National Park Service
Education: BA in Human Ecology (2011), College of the Atlantic
Mitch Parsons, MSc Student
Mira Sytsma, MSc Student
Research Interests: Modeling, quantifying, and understanding changes in terrestrial wildlife activity and occupancy in response to human interactions, climate change, and succession due to deglaciation.
Thesis: Impacts of tour boat shore excursions on terrestrial wildlife in Glacier Bay National Park
Education: BS Environmental Science (2014) University of Oregon
Funding: National Park Service
Madelon van de Kerk, Postdoctoral Researcher
I am a wildlife and conservation ecologist interested in the use of quantitative methods to understand population dynamics and the ecological processes and patterns driving them. I am currently involved in the NASA Arctic and Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), for which I aim to assess alpine ecosystem vulnerability to environmental change using Dall sheep as an indicator species.
- PhD (2016), University of Florida
- MSc (2009), Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)
- BSc (2007), Utrecht University (Netherlands)
Funding: NASA ABoVE
Nicolas Deguines, Postdoctoral Researcher
I am an ecologist with special concern for conservation biology, and my research interest is in understanding how global changes affect the functioning of biological diversity. I am currently involved in the Carrizo Plain Ecosystem Project (http://carrizoscience.org/cpep/), investigating how the dynamics of grassland ecosystems are shaped by biological trophic and non-trophic interactions and influenced by multiple environmental changes (climate, species invasions, grazing).
- Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Associate, National Museum of Natural History, Paris France
- PhD (2013), National Museum of Natural History, Paris France
Funding: National Science Foundation (DEB)
Peter Mahoney, Postdoctoral Researcher
I am a conservation ecologist with a keen interest in research pertaining to animal movement and space use, particularly as they relate to multi-species interactions and predator-prey processes. I am currently a researcher with the Animals on the Move team, a NASA-funded ABoVE collaboration, where we are tasked with developing insights into how climate change and variability (past and future) will influence movements and space use in arctic and boreal forest vertebrates, such as Dall sheep, moose, wolves, and brown bears.
- PhD, Ecology (2016) Utah State University
- MSc, Wildlife Sciences (2011) Auburn University
- BA, Biology (2001) New College of Florida
Funding: NASA ABoVE
Jiake Zhou, PhD student (UAF)
Research Interests: How climate change affects adaptive capacity of communities through changes in landscape and interactions of plants and wildlife.
Education: BS in Resource Conservation, University of Montana
Dissertation: Climate-induced changes to shrub and moose distributions in northern Alaska: implications for subsistence communities
- George Schaller Fellowship through Resilience and Adaptation Program
- Alaska EPSCoR
- Trace Foundation Fellowship
Casey Pozzanghera, MSc (2015)
Golden Eagle Research Associate, Boise State University
Thesis: Non-invasive methods for obtaining occupancy probabilities and density estimates of interior Alaska's mesocarinvore populations