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. 


News from the Prugh Lab

  • June 2019: Congrats to MS student Mira Sytsma, who rocked her defense and then won the SEFS Student Photo Contest! Can you pick out her award-winning photo of a Keen’s mouse in Glacier Bay in the slide show above?

  • May 2019: Our Cougar-DVC paper led by Sophie Gilbert won the 2019 TWS Publications Award!

  • May 2019: The Prugh lab rocked the SEFS Spring Celebration: undergrad Anna Maleis received the Taber Wildlife Science award, Taylor Ganz was a nominee for graduate student of the year, and Laura Prugh received the Faculty of the Year award!

  • Fun interview with 8-year old host Nate Butkus for the Show about Science: Meet the Mesopredators with Laura Prugh

  • May 2019: Honored to have contributed to the ASM Centennial Volume paper led by Doug Kelt, Advances in Population Ecology and Species Interactions in Mammals

  • May 2019: Find out where reintroduced fishers like to hang out in the South Cascades in the JWM paper led by MS graduate Mitch Parsons!

  • February 2019 has been a productive month in the Prugh lab! New review led by collaborator Bob Montgomery highlights a tendency to simplify complex systems, published as part of a special issue on risk effects in carnivore-ungulate systems

  • February 2019: Are you studying predation risk? If so, you may want to check out our new review “Designing studies of predation risk for improved inference in carnivore-ungulate systems” in Biological Conservation!

  • February 2019: Congrats to PhD student Taylor Ganz for leading a successful grant proposal—the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is now a partner supporting the WA Predator Prey Project!

  • February 2019: Postdoc Peter Mahoney co-authored a fascinating paper about bold urban coyotes in Scientific Reports!

  • February 2019: Our precipitation experiment in the Carrizo Plain revealed how environmental gradients shape the potential for ecosystem engineering—see new Oikos paper led by Josh Grinath!

  • January 2019: Review in Environmental Research Letters highlights the need to integrate snow science and wildlife ecology

  • 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 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!