I am always interested in working with exceptional students and researchers. I will periodically have funding available for M.S. 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. I am also particularly interested in developing undergraduate research projects for students at UWSP, so if you are interested please stop by my office!
Current Lab Members
Jeff Stetz, Post-doc, UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
Jeff is a post-doc who is working with the USGS on several large-scale avian monitoring projects. The first is a multi-year study of seabird distribution on Lake Michigan in response to concerns regarding avian botulism outbreaks, the second is a collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory to determine how distance-based detection functions can improve landbird monitoring and population estimation. Jeff likes hockey, beer, and ice fishing, so he should fit in just fine in Wisconsin. Jeff will begin in Fall 2017.
Christi Heun, M.S. Student, UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
Christi is a Master's student at UW-Stevens Point who is investigating alternative monitoring approaches for river otter in Wisconsin. She is using a combination of remote cameras, repeated bridge-site survey, and aerial 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 began in Spring 2017.
Kara White, M.S. Student, UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
Kara, who is co-advised by Dr. Robert Lonsinger, is a Master's student at UW-Stevens Point who is investigating the saptial ecology of swift foxes occurring on private lands in western Kansas. Her study site represents one of the primary black-footed ferret recovery areas. She is using a combination of GPS collars and remote cameras to assess resource selection and species interactions. Kara began in Fall 2017.
Janelle Taylor, B.S. Student, UW-Stevens Point, College of Natural Resources
Janelle is an undergraduate student at UW-Stevens Point who is investigating habitat use patterns of river otters, the utility of remote sensing technology for monitoring beaver populations in Wisconsin, and the efficacy of using unmanned aerial vehicles for deterring crop damage from elk. 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 will graduate in spring 2018.
Lucas Olson, M.S. Student, UW-Madison, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Lucas, who is co-advised by Tim Van Deelen and myself, is a Master's student at UW-Madison who is investigating the relationship between predation of white-tailed deer and agriculture. Using a combination of spatially explicit information from deer mortalities we hope to quantify how the spatial configuration of agricultural production on the landscape interacts with predation. Lucas doesn't let living in Wisconsin keep him from hunting and fishing all over the place, as he regularly tries to shoot elk in Utah and catch pike in Ontario. Lucas began in Fall 2016.
Former Lab Members
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 in 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, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Max is a post-doc at UW-Madison developing population models for black bear and bobcat in Wisconsin to guide harvest management for both species.
Jennyffer Cruz, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
Jen is a post-doc at UW-Madison investigating 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, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Rob is an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and works primarily on carnivore ecology with a particular emphasis on species in the southwestern 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.