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MacNulty Animal Ecology Lab


2020 Brice, EM, EJ Larsen, DR MacNulty. Sampling bias exaggerates a textbook example of a trophic cascade. bioRxiv 2020.05.05.079459; doi:
2020 Smith, DW, DR Stahler, DR MacNulty (editors). Yellowstone wolves: science and discovery in the world's first national park. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL
2020 Ruprecht, JS, D Koons, K Hersey, NT Hobbs, DR MacNulty. The effect of climate on population growth in a cold-adapted ungulate at its equatorial range limit. Ecosphere 11(2):e03058
2020 Lachish, S, EE Brandell, Craft M, A Dobson, P Hudson, DR MacNulty, T Coulson. Investigating the dynamics of elk population size and body mass in a seasonal environment using a mechanistic integral projection model. The American Naturalist,
2019 Hoy, SR, DR MacNulty, DW Smith, DR Stahler, X Lambin, RO Peterson, JS Ruprecht, JA Vucetich. Fluctuations in age structure and their variable influence on population growth. Functional Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365‐2435.13431
2019 Kohl, MT, TK Ruth, MC Metz, DR Stahler, DW Smith, PJ White, DR MacNulty. Do prey select for vacant hunting domains to minimize a multi-predator threat? Ecology Letters, doi: 10.1111/ele.13319
2019 Cusack, J, MT Kohl, MC Metz, T Coulson, DR Stahler, DW Smith, DR MacNulty. Weak spatiotemporal response of prey to predation risk in a freely interacting system. Journal of Animal Ecology,
2019 Frevol, S. Genetic diversity along the core-edge continuum in a species with a continental-scale range, Canis lupus. Thesis, Université Paris-Saclay, France.
2019 Kohl, MT. The spatial ecology of predator-prey interactions: a case study of Yellowstone elk, wolves, and cougas. Thesis, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. 
2019 Hallerud, MA. The USU cougar project: optimizing noninvasive monitoring for an elusive large carnivore. Thesis, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
2019 Atkins, Inc. Summary report of independent peer reviews for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gray wolf delisting review.
2018 Metz, MC, DJ Emlen, DR Stahler, DR MacNulty, DW Smith, M Hebblewhite. Predation shapes the evolutionary traits of cervid weapons. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2:1619-1625
2018 Kohl, MT, DR Stahler, MC Metz, JD Forester, MJ Kauffman, N Varley, PJ White, DW Smith, DR MacNulty. Diel predator activity drives a dynamic landscape of fear. Ecological Monographs 88:638-652
2018 Martin, H, LD Mech, J Fieberg, M Metz, DR MacNulty, DR Stahler, DW.Smith. Factors affecting gray wolf (Canis lupus) encounter rate of elk (Cervus elaphus) in Yellowstone National Park. Canadian Journal of Zoology 96:1032-1042
2017 Olson, ER, SM Crimms, DE Beyer, DR MacNulty, BR Patterson, BA Rudolph, AP Wydeven, TR Van Deelen. Flawed analysis and unconvincing interpretation: a comment on Chapron and Treves 2016. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284: 20170273 
2017 Tallian, A, DW Smith, DR Stahler, MC Metz, RL Wallen, C Geremia, J Ruprecht, CT Wyman, DR MacNulty. Predator foraging response to a resurgent dangerous prey. Functional Ecology 31:1418-1429 
2017 Tallian, A, A Ordiz, MC Metz, C Milleret, C Wikenros, DW Smith, DR Stahler, J Kindberg, DR MacNulty, P Wabakken, JE Swenson, H Sand. Competition between apex predators? Brown bears decrease wolf kill rate on two continents. 
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284:20162368
2017  Tallian, A. The behavior and ecology of cursorial predators and dangerous prey: integrating behavioral mechanisms with population-level patterns in large mammal systems. Thesis, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. 
2017 Cassidy, KA, LD Mech, DR MacNulty, DR Stahler, DW Smith. Sexually dimorphic aggression indicates male gray wolves specialize in pack defense against conspecific groups. Behavioral Processes 136:64-72 (video overview)
2016 Ruprecht, JS, KR Hersey, K Hafen, KL Monteith, NJ DeCesare, MJ Kauffman, DR MacNulty. Reproduction in moose at their southern range limit. Journal of Mammalogy 97:1355-1365
2016  Ruprecht, JS. The demography and determinants of population growth in Utah moose (Alces alces shirasi). Thesis, Utah State University, Logan, Utah. 
2016 Smith, DW, DR Stahler, DR MacNulty (editors). Celebrating 20 years of wolves. Yellowstone Science 24(1)
  Stahler, DR, DW Smith, DR MacNulty. Motherhood of the wolf. Yellowstone Science 24(1):13-16.
  MacNulty, DR, DR Stahler, CT Wyman, J Ruprecht, DW Smith. The challenge of understanding Northern Yellowstone elk dynamics after wolf reintroduction. Yellowstone Science 24(1):25-33.
  MacNulty, DR, DR Stahler, DW Smith. Understanding the limits to wolf hunting ability. Yellowstone Science 24(1):34-36.
  Cassidy, K, DW Smith, LD Mech, DR MacNulty, DR Stahler, MC Metz. Territoriality and interpack aggression in gray wolves: Shaping a social carnivore’s life history. Yellowstone Science 24(1):37-41.
  Smith, DW, RO Peterson, DR MacNulty, M Kohl. The big scientific debate: Trophic cascades. Yellowstone Science 24(1):70-71.
  Smith, DW, T Wyman, DR Stahler, DR MacNulty. Pelican valley and Mollie’s pack. Yellowstone Science 24(1):85-86.
2015 Mech, LD., DW Smith, DR MacNulty. Wolves on the hunt: The behavior of wolves hunting wild prey. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL
2015 Cassidy, K, DR MacNulty, DR Stahler, DW Smith, LD Mech. Group composition effects on aggressive inter-pack interactions of gray wolves in Yellowstone National Park. Behavioral Ecology 26:1352-1360
2015 MacNulty, DR. A democratic approach to large carnivore conservation. Invited book review of Susan G. Clark and Murray B. Rutherford, editors. 2014. Large carnivore conservation: Integrating science and policy in the North American West. The University of Chicago Press. 407 p. Ecology  96:1155-1156
2015 Pfeifer, M, C Packer, AC Burton, ST Garnett, AJ Loveridge, DR MacNulty, PJ Platts. In defense of fences. Science 345:389
2014 MacNulty, DR, A Tallian, DR Stahler, DW Smith. Influence of group size on the success of wolves hunting bison. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112884.
2014 Cubaynes, S, DR MacNulty, DR Stahler, KA Quimby, DW Smith, T Coulson. Influence of density, prey availability, and social aggression on survival of Yellowstone wolves. Journal of Animal Ecology 83:1344-1356
2013 Stahler, DR, DR MacNulty, RK Wayne, B. vonHoldt, DW Smith. The adaptive value of morphological, behavioral and life-history traits in reproductive female wolves. Journal of Animal Ecology 82:222-234  (video overview)
2013 Packer, C, A Swanson, S Canney, A Loveridge, S Garnett, M Pfeifer, AC Burton, H Bauer, DR MacNulty. The case for fencing remains intact. Ecology Letters 16:1414-e4
2013 Packer, C, A Loveridge, S Canney, T Caro, ST Garnett, M Pfeifer, KK Zander, A Swanson, DR MacNulty, et al. Conserving large carnivores: dollars and fence. Ecology Letters 16:635-641
2012 MacNulty, DR, DW Smith, LD Mech, JA Vucetich, C Packer. Nonlinear effects of group size on the success of wolves hunting elk. Behavioral Ecology 23:75-82
2012 MacCormick, HA, DR MacNulty, A Bailey, A Bosacker, DA Collins, C Packer. Male and female aggression: Lessons from sex, rank, age, and injury in olive baboons. Behavioral Ecology 23:684-691
2011 Coulson, T, DR MacNulty, DR Stahler, B vonHoldt, RK Wayne, DW Smith. Modeling effects of environmental change on wolf population dynamics, trait evolution and life history. Science 334:1275-1278
2011 Troyer, JL, ME Roelke, JM. Jespersen, N Baggett, V Buckley-Beason, DR MacNulty, M Craft, C Packer, J Pecon-Slattery, SJ O’Brian. FIV diversity: FIVPle subtype composition may influence disease outcome in African lions. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 143:338-346.
2010 Madden, JD, RC Arkin, DR MacNulty. Multi-robot system based on model of wolf hunting behavior to emulate wolf and elk interactions. In: Proceedings 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, Tianjin, China, pp. 1043-1050. 
2009 MacNulty, DR, DW Smith, JA Vucetich, LD Mech, DR Stahler, C Packer Predatory senescence in aging wolves. Ecology Letters 12:1347-1356. 
2009 MacNulty, DR, DW Smith, LD Mech, LE Eberly. Body size and predatory performance in wolves: Is bigger better? Journal of Animal Ecology 78:532-539. 
2008 MacNulty, DR, GE Plumb, DW Smith. Validation of a new video and telemetry system for remotely monitoring wildlife. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:1834-1844
2007 MacNulty, DR, LD Mech, DW Smith. A proposed ethogram of large carnivore predatory behavior, exemplified by the wolf. Journal of Mammalogy 88:595-605.
2007 Kauffman, MJ, N Varley, D.W. Smith, D Stahler, DR MacNulty, MS Boyce Landscape heterogeneity shapes predation in a newly restored predator-prey system. Ecology Letters 10:690-700
2002 MacNulty, DR. The predatory sequence and the influence of injury risk on hunting behavior in the wolf. Thesis. University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, MN.
2001 Mech, LD, DW Smith, KM Murphy, DR MacNulty. Winter severity and wolf predation on a formerly wolf-free elk herd. Journal of Wildlife Management 65:998-1003.
2001 MacNulty, DR, N Varley, DW Smith. Grizzly Bear, Ursus arctos, usurps Bison, Bison bison, captured by Wolves, Canis lupus, in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Canadian Field-Naturalist 115:495-498