Wildland Resources Department
Seeking PhD Wildlife Biology Degree
Preliminary Dissertation Subject: The Ecology and Movement of Eared Grebes (Podiceps nigricollis) on the Great Salt Lake
Bio: I received my B.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Tennessee at Martin where I studied bat habitat selection and worked for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service monitoring birds and bats on several wildlife refuges in the southeastern United States. I then earned my M.S. in Wildlife Science from Mississippi State University, studying the endangered Longleaf Pine Ecosystem and the priority birds associated with this ecosystem. During this time I also worked for the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCPOLCC) researching priority birds and ecosystems related to climate change. My research here at USU is studying Eared Grebe ecology on the Great Salt Lake. My interests outside of wildlife science include human evolution and behavior (from the origins of humanity to civilizations and societies), climate change, astronomy, physics, and all things science. In my free time I take classes and read books on these and other subjects, photograph wildlife, and hike with my Blue Heeler, Stetson.
Faculty Advisor: Michael Conover