I am always interested in working with exceptional students and researchers. I will periodically have funding available for graduate students, post-docs, or research associates, and when I do I will typically advertise those positions on the Texas A&M job board. In the mean time, if you are interested in the work we do in my lab and would like to get involved, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Although the COVID-19 outbreak has certainly put a halt to the development of many new projects in the immediate future, I hope to be recruiting at least one grad student during the 2020-2021 academic year (fingers crossed!)
Current Lab Members
Janelle Taylor, M.S. Student, UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
Janelle is a graduate student at UWSP who is investigating the spatial ecology of beavers in Wisconsin. Prior to this she was an undergraduate student at UW-Stevens Point who worked on habitat use patterns of river otters. Janelle was awarded the prestigious Douglas Stephens fellowship and was nominated for the Shikar Safari Club scholarship. Janelle is a closet nerd with a passion for Tolkein and good music, the kind that has guitar solos. Janelle received her B.S. in spring 2018 and will get her M.S. degree in summer 2020.
Former Lab Members
Jeff Stetz, Post-doc (2018), UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
Jeff was a post-doc who was working with the USGS on a multi-year study of seabird distribution on Lake Michigan in response to concerns regarding avian botulism outbreaks and migratory seabird habitat selection. Jeff likes hockey, beer, and ice fishing, not necessarily in that order. Jeff is currently a regional research coordinator for Alaska Fish and Game in Palmer, AK
Christi Heun, M.S. (2019), UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
Christi was a Master's student at UW-Stevens Point who investigated alternative monitoring approaches for river otter in Wisconsin. She used a combination of remote cameras and repeated bridge-site surveys to determine the most accurate and cost-effective means of monitoring river otters. Christi enjoys getting eaten alive by biting flies in the field and, for some crazy reason, really likes her cat Remy. Christi is currently a sage-grouse biologist in Nevada.
Kara White, M.S. (2019), UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
Kara, who was co-advised by Dr. Robert Lonsinger, was a Master's student at UW-Stevens Point who is investigated the spatial ecology of swift foxes occurring on private lands in western Kansas. Her study site represented one of the primary black-footed ferret recovery areas on private property. She used a combination of GPS collars and remote cameras to assess resource selection and species interactions. Kara is currently a Ph.D. student at South Dakota State University.
Lucas Olson, M.S. (2018), UW-Madison, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Lucas, who was co-advised by Tim Van Deelen and myself, was a Master's student at UW-Madison who investigated the effects of wolves and habitat conditions on ungulates in northern Wisconsin. Using a combination of radio telemetry data and public observations he was able to assess moose population status in the state and model the effects of weather conditions on the spatial dynamics of wolf predation on white-tailed deer. Despite being from Wisconsin Lucas is a Minnesota Vikings fan who would happy to spend every second of the day hunting or fishing. Lucas is currently a research biologist with the Mule Deer Foundation and Arizona Game and Fish in Phoenix, Arizona.
Bryn Evans, M.S. (2017), UW-Madison, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Bryn, who was co-advised by Tim Van Deelen and myself, was a Master's student at UW-Madison who investigated the effects of restoration and remediation efforts in the St. Louis River estuary on aquatic furbearer populations. Using a combination of remote cameras and aerial surveys, she compared occupancy and relative density patterns of river otter, beaver, mink, and muskrat in the estuary to those at Boulder Lake Reservoir and the St. Croix River. Bryn is a California hippie at heart, as she loves rock climbing and capoeira. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Maine.
Max Allen, Illinois Natural History Survey
Max is a carnivore ecologist with INHS and the Prairie Research Institute who focuses on the ecology of carnivores and their interactions in both the US and globally.
Jennyffer Cruz, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Jen is a post-doc at UW-Madison who investigated the population dynamics of recovering bald eagle populations in Voyageurs National Park and their effects on the population dynamics of competitor (osprey, common loon) and prey (great blue heron, double-crested cormorant) species.
Mark Ford, United States Geological Survey, Virginia Cooperative Research Unit
Mark is the Unit Leader at the Virginia Coop Unit and works primarily on non-game wildlife in forested systems in the Appalachians
Rob Lonsinger, South Dakota State University
Rob is an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology at South Dakota State University and works primarily on carnivore ecology with a particular emphasis on species in the southwestern and midwestern United States.
Erik Olson, Northland College
Erik is an Assistant Professor of Natural Resources at Northland College. Erik's work focuses largely on predator-prey dynamics, human-wildlife interactions, and non-invasive monitoring of wildlife populations.
Nathan Roberts, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Nathan is the carnivore and furbearer research scientist for Wisconsin DNR. We collaborate on numerous projects related to furbearers and carnivores in Wisconsin.
Wayne Thogmartin, United States Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center
Wayne is a quantitative research ecologist with the USGS whose work focuses on habitat and demographic modeling for wildlife issues related to science support for the Department of Interior.
Tim Van Deelen, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Tim is the Beers-Bascom professor at UW-Madison, working primarily on issues related to large mammal ecology, harvest management, and wildlife population dynamics.
Ben Zuckerberg, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Ben is a faculty member at UW-Madison whose work focuses on issues related to climate change impacts on wildlife and avian ecology.