About Randall

Dr. Randy Boone has been with the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory for two decades, and is a founding faculty member of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. He is also a faculty member of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Randall is a wildlife ecologist with training from Oregon State University and the University of Maine. He received his PH.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Maine in 1996. After completing graduate work at the University of Maine, he joined Colorado State University. His experience is diverse, with research in spatial analyses and GIS, ecosystem modeling, landscape ecology, database management, biogeographical relationships of birds and plants, species/habitat relationships, wildlife and pastoral livestock mobility, spectroscopy, cluster analysis, and telemetry techniques. Research projects are ongoing in Colorado, the contiguous US, Kenya, and Tibet.

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  • Randy’s research focuses on three main topics: animal movements and the habitats they use, ecological simulation, and pastoral ecology and simulation. Current and recent projects include tracking and simulating wildebeest movements in Kenya, simulating pastoral livelihoods in Mali, helping understand chronic wasting disease in mule deer, studying pastoral peoples’ responses to extreme weather events and changes in land tenure, modeling continental-scale shifts in bird ranges, monitoring landscapes where oil and gas are extracted, and educating teachers and students in the K-12 system.


Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology - University of Maine
Orono, Maine, 1996

M.S. , Wildlife Management - University of Maine
Orono, Maine, 1991

B.S., Wildlife Science - Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon, 1986

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • ESA Sustainability Science Award (with R. Reid in lead), 2012

Selected Articles

Serengeti wildebeest migratory patterns modeled from rainfall and new vegetation growth

Ecology, 87:1987-1994, 2006

Quantifying declines in livestock due to subdivision

Rangeland Ecology & Management, 58:523-532, 2005

Climate change impacts on selected global rangeland ecosystem services

Global Change Biology, 24:1382-1393, 2018

Evolutionary computation in zoology and ecology

Current Zoology, 63:675-686, 2017

Hunger mediates apex predator's risk avoidance in wildlife-urban interface

Journal of Animal Ecology, In press, 2018

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