Kevin R. Crooks
Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology; Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1474
Phone (970) 491-7936
Ph.D. Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, December 1999
Dissertation: Mammalian carnivores, mesopredator release, and avifaunal
extinctions in a fragmented system.
M.S. Ecology, University of California, Davis, May 1994
Thesis: Comparative ecology of the island spotted skunk and the island fox
of Santa Cruz Island, California.
B.S. Zoology (Honors), Colorado State University, May 1989
Honor’s Thesis: The relationship between kinship and affiliative behavior in a free-ranging troop of primates.
2003-Present. Assistant/Associate/Full Professor; Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology; Graduate Degree Program in Ecology; Colorado State University
2001-2003. Assistant Professor; Department of Wildlife Ecology; Institute for Environmental Studies; University
of Wisconsin Madison
In my lab, we strive to apply theoretical principles of ecology, behavior, and conservation science to natural systems. We use a combination of field observations, field and laboratory experiments, and modeling techniques to answer specific questions generated by observing natural systems. My research has emphasized the ecology and conservation of mammals, often focusing on carnivores due to their sensitivities to environmental disturbances. I do not feel limited, however, to the study of any specific taxon. Rather, we strive to ask and answer interesting scientific questions that help promote the conservation of biological diversity.
Because of my commitment to, and passion for, conservation, much of my research, and that of my lab, examines the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances on the natural world. One primary research avenue is continued investigation of the effects of habitat fragmentation, urban sprawl, and landscape connectivity on wildlife and the systems in which they live.
Link to edited volume - Connectivity Conservation - through the Conservation Biology Book Series at Cambridge University Press:
Review of volume in Conservation Biology:
"Enhancing ecological connectivity in the context of protected-area networks and land- and waterscapes may be the greatest challenge and possibly the most important task facing conservationists today. This book is a milestone in conservation biology not only because of the importance of the subject matter but also because of the numerous excellent and authoritative summaries....
..This book provides, as described on its cover, a summary of the current status and literature on connectivity and will certainly become one of the classic texts in conservation biology. As with other books in this series, it should be required reading in all advanced courses in conservation biology."Newmark, W. 2008. Another milestone in conservation literature. Conservation Biology 22: 224.
Every Fall, I teach Principles of Wildlife Management (FW 260), a course targeted towards sophomores and juniors that focuses on principles of ecology applied to management and conservation of fish and wildlife resources
Every other Fall (odd years), I also teach Conservation and Management of Large Mammals (FW 469), a senior-level applied ecology course that utilizes principles of behavior, ecology, population dynamics, management, and conservation as they relate to large mammals.
Every other Spring (odd years), I also teach Conservation Biology at the undergraduate or graduate level, a course that examines the integrative approaches necessary for the protection and management of earth's biological diversity
Co-Coordinator: Interdisciplinary Minor in Conservation Biology
Prospective Graduate Students
Due to a currently full lab, I do not anticipate accepting additional graduate students for the 2013-2014 or the 2014-2015 school years. If this situation changes, I will post advertisements on this website as well as other outlets (e.g., Texas A&M Wildlife Job Board; Society for Conservation Biology; Ecolog).
Thank you for your interest, and good luck in your search for graduate school!
Adam Dillon: Ph.D. Ecology
Title: Ecology of the island fox and island spotted skunk on Santa Cruz Island
Funding: The Nature Conservancy
Courtney Larson: M. S. Ecology
Title: Wildlife responses to human recreation on San Diego NCCP reserves.
Funding: California Department of Fish and Game, Wildlife Conservation Society
Co-Advisor: Dr. Sarah Reed, Wildlife Conservation Society
Ashley Gramza: Ph.D. Wildlife Biology; M.S. Human Dimensions in Natural Resources
Title: Integrating biological and social science data to understand the ecological role of free-ranging domestic cats in urbanizing landscapes
Funding: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship; NSF Ecology of Infectious Disease Program; Colorado State University Infectious Disease Supercluster; The Berryman Institute; Denver Audubon Society; American Society of Mammalogists
Co-Advisor: Dr. Tara Teel, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, CSU
Jesse Lewis: Ph.D. Ecology
Title: The effects of urban fragmentation and landscape connectivity on disease prevalence and transmission in bobcats
Funding: NSF Ecology of Infectious Disease Program; Boulder County
Completed Graduate StudentsRobert Alonso:
M.S. Wildlife Biology (Colorado State University): 2012
The effects of urbanization and road development on carnivores in southern California
M.S. Ecology (Colorado State University): 2010
Anthropogenic sound impacts on ungulates in Grand Teton National ParkCo-Advisor: Dr. Lisa Angeloni, Department of Biology, CSU
Ph.D. Ecology (Colorado State University): 2012
A transportation corridor runs through it: people, wildlife, and transportation in national parks and beyond.
M.S. Wildlife Ecology (University of Wisconsin Madison): 2003
Mammalian carnivores and human recreation in a southern California urban reserve
M.S. Biology (Colorado State University): 2009
Swift fox space use and selection for prairie dog colonies before and after a plague epizooticCo-Advisor: Dr. Michael Antolin, Department of Biology, CSU
Ph.D. Ecology (Colorado State University): 2007
M.S. Wildlife Ecology (University of Wisconsin Madison): 2003
The persistence of prairie dogs within urban habitat islands in the Colorado Front Range
M.S. Ecology (Colorado State University): 2009
Behavior and conservation of black footed-ferrets: stress in captivity and predation risk in the wild
Co-Advisor: Dr. Lisa Angeloni, Department of Biology, CSU
M.S. Ecology (Colorado State University): 2006
Estimating population parameters of mammalian carnivores in southern California using non-invasive genetic sampling
Ph.D. Ecology (Colorado State University): 2006
M.S. Biometry (University of Wisconsin Madison): 2004
Use of statistical analysis and simulation models of mammalian carnivore movement to assess landscape connectivity
M.S. (Plan B) Wildlife Biology (Colorado State University): 2007
Comparison of research trends in the fields of Conservation Biology and Wildlife Biology
Current Postdoctoral ResearchersGraeme Shannon (2012-Present)
Title: The effects of anthropogenic noise on wildlife behavior, ecology, and conservation
Jesse Barber (2008-2010)
Title: The masking effect of anthropogenic noise on interactions between predators and prey
Sarah Bevins (2008-2010)
effects of urban fragmentation and landscape connectivity on disease
prevalence and transmission in North American felids
Chris Burdett (2007-2011)
Title: Conservation status of pumas through habitat modeling and mapping
Scott Carver (2010-2012)Title: The effects of urban fragmentation and landscape connectivity on disease prevalence and transmission in North American felids
Funding: NSF Ecology of Infectious Disease Program
Primary Advisor: Sue Vandewoude (Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology)
Jeff Tracey (2007-2009)
Last updated: 05-24-2010