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MacNulty Animal Ecology Lab

Dan MacNulty

Dr. Daniel MacNulty

I work at the interface of animal behavior, population biology, and community ecology to address basic and applied questions in animal ecology and conservation. Two themes define my current research: (1) how predators structure food webs and modify ecosystem function, and (2) how populations at the edge of a species range respond to environmental change. I study large mammals in ecosystems that range from the montane slopes of northern Utah to the polar deserts of the High Arctic. Much of my research centers on a long-term, collaborative study of wolves and ungulates in Yellowstone National Park.

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Current Graduate Student Researchers

Michel Kohl

Michel Kohl, PhD

Spatial ecology of elk in a multi-predator system

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Lacy Smith

Lacy Smith, PhD

Wolf-elk population dynamics in northern Yellowstone

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Sam Robertson

Sam Robertson, MS

Population ecology of Utah moose

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Elaine Brice

Elaine Brice, PhD


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Bonnie McDonald

Bonnie McDonald, MS


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Past Graduate Student Researchers

Aimee Tallian, PhD, Behavior and ecology of predator-prey interactions in two large mammal systems
Joel Ruprecht, MS, Demography and determinants of population growth in Utah moose

Current Undergraduate Researchers

Maggie Hallerud,Monitoring cougar activity in Cache Valley
Daniel Johnson, Wolf-elk-aspen interactions in northern Yellowstone National Park

Past Undergraduate Researchers

Nikki Tatton, Assessing global positioning system telemetry techniques for estimating wolf predation in the High Arctic
Heather Shipp, Using accelerometer data to remotely assess predation activity in High Arctic wolves
Konrad Hafen
Jesse Godbold
Bethany Unger