Department Directory


Lise Aubry

Associate Professor

I am a population ecologist interested in quantifying the impacts of anthropogenic factors (e.g. climate change, habitat fragmentation, urbanization) on the ecology, demography, and microevolution of wild animals (mostly birds, mammals, and reptiles). My research calls for the analyses of longitudinal data and methodologies that stem from demography, population ecology, and life history theory.

Larissa Bailey


I am an applied quantitative ecologist whose research applies to a variety of taxa and focuses on ways of measuring and monitoring biological systems to increase our scientific understanding and improve decision-making. I am particularly interested in factors influencing at-risk species (e.g., amphibians), including disease, invasive species, and habitat change.

Joel Berger

Barbara Anthony Cox Chair of Wildlife Conservation
Professor Endowed Chair

I’m a conservation biologist concentrating mostly on lesser-studied mammals (bigger than a bread box) at the planet’s extreme edges. My lab and I target issues about climate challenge, behavioral ecology of disturbance, predator-prey interactions, and how best to inspire with science while (yet) attempting to improve our present human messiness.

Kevin Bestgen

Senior Research Scientist, Joint Faculty Appointment-Assistant Professor, Director Larval Fish Lab

I am an aquatic ecologist working mainly on native and endangered fishes and their ecosystems.

Sara Bombaci

Assistant Professor

I am a conservation biologist that leverages scientific research to find innovative solutions to conserve biodiversity while meeting diverse human needs. My science is informed by a social justice lens and covers topics ranging from human-wildlife relationships, acoustic ecology, and advancing social justice in science.

Kevin Crooks

Professor/Director, Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence

I am a conservation biologist whose work examines the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances on wildlife and the natural systems in which they live. As the Director of the Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence, a particular focus is reducing conflict and facilitating coexistence between humans and carnivores to minimize impacts on both people and predators.

Paul Doherty Jr


I am a wildlife biologist primarily focused on population-level questions and working with applied agencies. I have worked on a wide variety of taxa, including many species of conservation concern as well as with harvested animals. I enjoy applying sampling design, demographic parameter (e.g., survival, fecundity, population growth) estimation, population modeling, and field skills to questions of interest.

Brian Gerber

COOP Assistant Unit Leader

Liba Goldstein


I am a conservation biologist that integrates field ecology with conservation practice and policy to identify innovative and equitable ways to sustain and restore biodiversity and ecosystem services. My research program focuses on advancing bird community conservation on islands and in human-dominated landscapes.

Kyle Horton

Assistant Professor

I am an ornithologist working on bird migration throughout the Western Hemisphere using radar remote sensing. My area of expertise encompasses themes of aeroecology, spatial ecology, movement ecology, macroecology, impacts of light pollution, and ecological forecasting.

Brett Johnson


I am a fisheries ecologist. I study fisheries management, food webs, predator-prey interactions, lake and reservoir ecology, management of invasive species, contaminants, and effects of climate.

Yoichiro Kanno

Associate Professor

I am a stream fish ecologist working at the intersection of fundamental and applied ecology in North America and Japan. My area of expertise includes population and community ecology, conservation genetics, riverscape ecology, and fish behavior.

Bill Kendall

COOP Assistant Unit Leader, Assistant Professor

David Koons

James C. Kennedy Chair of Wetland and Waterfowl Conservation
Professor, Endowed Chair

James C Kennedy Endowed Wetland/Waterfowl Conservation Chair. I use demography to solve problems and answer questions in conservation, management, ecology, and evolution.

Chris Myrick


I am a fish physiological ecologist working on applied fisheries conservation, management, and aquaculture challenges. My areas of focus include the design and evaluation of fish passage structures for native fishes and developing techniques for the culture of rare native fishes.

Dan Preston

Assistant Professor

I am an aquatic ecologist with interests in freshwater food webs, disease ecology, invasive species, and environmental change.

Georgia Titcomb

Assistant Professor

I am a disease ecologist studying the effects of anthropogenic environmental changes on wildlife parasites and diseases using molecular and network tools. My research focuses on disease interactions at human, domestic animal, and wildlife interfaces, with the goal of identifying win-win solutions for conservation and public health.

Caitlin Wells Salerno

Assistant Professor

I am a conservation biologist who uses behavioral and molecular tools to understand vertebrate responses to environmental change. Themes include life-history adaptations to climate change, hybridization in species of conservation concern, and the role of kinship in population dynamics.

Dana Winkelman

COOP Unit Leader, Assistant Professor

George Wittemyer


My lab and I work on large mammal conservation and ecology, focusing on finding solutions to human threats to wild systems.

Veronica Yovovich

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist

I’m an ecologist whose work focuses on human-wildlife interactions broadly, livestock-carnivore conflict prevention in particular. My research and extension are informed by close collaboration with livestock producers and land managers to ensure that the findings are relevant and feasible for application.