INTRODUCTION

I am a young-career wildlife ecologist and conservationist. Broadly, I am interested in applied ecological questions about large carnivore behavior that can be used to tackle larger-scale conservation problems. I am particularly interested in incorporating animal movement and space use into landscape-level conservation planning. What are the drivers that influence where and why animals move across the landscape? How can we implement management and conservation practices that integrate such information?

At present, I am a masters student based in the Southern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem near Jackson, Wyoming. My research is a collaborative effort between Panthera and Pace University, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program. My work investigates the use of competition refugia by cougars under the guidance of Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project. Read my Research Section for more information.