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Somos un grupo de investigación enfocado en brindar una base científica para el manejo y conservación de ungulados. A menudo, a través de investigaciones individuales y estudios de campo intensivos, conectamos animales individuales con su entorno para aprender qué influye en su comportamiento, crecimiento, reproducción y supervivencia frente a un mundo cambiante. Nuestro objetivo es “avanzar en la ciencia y el manejo un punto de datos a la vez.” Aprender sobre estas especies de una manera que pueda dar forma a las decisiones sobre el terreno depende de los datos empíricos a largo plazo, que son difíciles de obtener.

A través de estudios de campo integrales, producción científica y compromiso activo con científicos, partes interesadas y el público en general, el objetivo general de nuestro grupo es proporcionar contribuciones significativas al campo de la ecología de la vida silvestre al tiempo que informa de manera efectiva las decisiones de gestión.

Group leader:

Kevin Monteith shows one of his taxidermy projects to the viewer. Behind him, many deer mounts hang on the wall.

Kevin Monteith

Ciudad natal: Bristol, SD
Alma mater(s): South Dakota State University (BSc in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences; MSc in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences) and Idaho State University (PhD in Biological Sciences)
Proyectos: All of them…

Estudiantes de posgrado

Jack marvels at a small frog.

Jack Gavin

Ciudad natal: Wenatchee, WA
Alma mater(s): Western Washington University (BSc Environmental Science and GIS)
Proyectos: Wyoming Bighorn Sheep Nutrition and Disease Project

Jaron Kolek on the river.

Jaron Kolek

Ciudad natal: Winchester, CT
Alma mater(s): University of Connecticut (BSc in Natural Resources)
Proyectos: Recreation in Sheep Country (RISC)

Tayler LaSharr smiles at the camera, turned to show that her puppy Ovis is sitting inside her pink backpack.

Tayler LaSharr

Ciudad natal: Phoenix, AZ
Alma mater(s): University of Arizona (BSc in Natural Resources emphasis Conservation Biology) and University of Wyoming (MSc in Zoology and Physiology)
Proyectos: Proyecto de ciervos mula de Wyoming, Proyecto de los archivos de la caza
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Rebecca is thrilled by a sheep skull.

Rebecca Levine

Ciudad natal: Providence, RI
Alma mater(s): Swarthmore College (BA in Biology)
Proyectos: Meeteetse Moose Project

Rebekah doing field work alongside her pup.

Rebekah Rafferty

Ciudad natal: Solvang, California
Alma mater(s): University of California, Santa Cruz (BA in Environmental Studies and BA in Modern Literature) and Humboldt State University (MA in Social Science, Environment & Community)
Proyectos: Proyecto de ciervos mula de Wyoming

Seth holding a bird during field work.

Seth Rankins

Ciudad natal: Cusseta, Alabama
Alma mater(s): Auburn University (BSc in Wildlife Ecology and Management), Texas A&M University – Kingsville (MSc in Rangeland and Wildlife Management)
Proyectos: Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Project

Yasaman Shakeri holding mule deer antlers up to her head.

Yasaman Shakeri

Ciudad natal: San Jose, California
Alma mater(s): University of California Santa Cruz (BA in Environmental Studies) and Oregon State University (MSc in Fisheries and Wildlife Science)
Proyectos: Sierra Bighorn Sheep Project

A scientist with a dirty face, a ball cap, and a puffy jacket stands far away from a female bighorn sheep, who is in the background. The bighorn sheep is looking off into the distance, and seems to not notice the scientist.

Rachel Smiley

Hometown: Marlborough, CT
Alma mater(s): University of Connecticut (BSc in Natural Resources)
Proyectos: Wyoming Bighorn Sheep Nutrition and Disease Project

A man wearing a ball cap sits in the driver's seat of a vehicle, and is taking a selfie with a bison walking along a paved road.

Lee Tafelmeyer

Ciudad natal: Cooperstown, ND
Alma mater: University of Jamestown (BSc in Biology)
Proyectos: El proyecto de caza de antílope


Heather excitedly points at a white-tailed deer.

Heather Abernathy

Ciudad natal: Cumming, GA
Alma mater(s): University of Georgia (BSc Ecology), University of Georgia (MSc Forest Resources), Virginia Tech (PhD Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences)
Proyectos: Proyecto de la ecología de los venados y uapití

Mitch stands in a wetsuit, wearing goggles and a snorkel. Behind him is water and a bird flying by.

Mitch Brunet

Ciudad natal: Brantford ON, Canada
Alma mater(s): University of Guelph (BSc wildlife biology & conservation)
Proyectos: Proyecto de la ecología de los venados y uapití

Rhiannon Jakopak sits on a giant saddled jackalope, staring majesticly into the distance.

Rhiannon Jakopak

Ciudad natal: Scotland, SD
Alma mater(s): University of Wyoming (BSc in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management; BA in Religious Studies; MSc in Zoology and Environment and Natural Resources)
Proyectos: Casper Mule Deer Project
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Ben smiles and looks at the camera, with a large backpack on his back.

Ben Regan

Ciudad natal: Reno, NV
Alma mater: Montana State University (BSc in fisheries and wildlife management)
Proyectos: All of them!

Brittany smiles at the camera, gleefully showing off a cylinder of ungulate poop.

Brittany Wagler

Ciudad natal: Cody, WY
Alma mater: University of Wyoming (BSc in zoology and physiology, MSc in zoology and physiology)
Proyectos: Wyoming Bighorn Sheep Nutrition and Disease Project
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Taylor happily emerges from a creek.

Taylor Wagstaff

Ciudad natal: Hulett, WY
Alma mater: Eastern Wyoming College (AS in Science), University of Wyoming (BSc in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management, minors in Honors and Creative Writing)
Proyectos: All of them!


Ellen Aikens sits in a blue hammock in a green forest environment. A black dog looks back at her as if to say, "What are you doing?"

Ellen Aikens

Ciudad natal: Kintnersville, PA
Alma mater: Ursinus College (BSc in biology; BA in environmental studies), University of Wyoming (PhD in ecology)
Proyectos: Proyecto de ciervos mula de Wyoming

Kristen stands in a green pen habitat, looking back and smiling at a collared caribou sniffing her elbow.

Kristin Denryter

Ciudad natal: Clinton Township, MI
Alma mater(s): Madonna University (BSc general biology), Northern Michigan University (MSc Biology), University of Northern British Columbia (PhD natural resources and environmental studies), University of Wyoming (postdoc).
Proyectos: Sierra Nevada Desert Bighorn Sheep Project

Sam Dwinnel stands with her back to the viewer, looking back and smiling. She appears to be at the edge of a snowy, rocky slope and is wearing skis and a large green backpack.

Samantha Dwinnell

Ciudad natal: Faribault, MN
Alma mater(s): University of Minnesota-Duluth (BSc in biology; BA in environmental studies); University of Wyoming (MSc in zoology and physiology)
Proyectos: Proyecto de ciervos mula de Wyoming

Matt Hayes looks past the camera, covered in deer hair during adult captures.

Matt Hayes

Ciudad natal: Hastings, MI
Alma mater(s): University of Wyoming (BSc wildlife and fisheries biology and management; MSc rangeland resources; MSc water resources)
Proyectos: Proyecto de la ecología de los venados y uapití

Katey Huggler stands in a sagebrush steppe environment, smiling at the camera. Her small puppy is zipped into her green jacket with her.

Katey Huggler

Ciudad natal: Priest River, Idaho
Alma mater(s): University of Idaho (BSc in wildlife resources) and University of Wyoming (MSc zoology and physiology)
Proyectos: Proyecto de la ecología de los venados y uapití

A man and a child, both wearing florescent orange, pose with a recently aharvested mule deer buck.

Bryan Lamont

Ciudad natal: Raleigh, NC
Alma mater: Appalachian State University (BSc sociology) , Colorado State University (BSc wildlife biology), Sierra Nevada College (Teaching Certificate), and University of Wyoming (MSc zoology and physiology)
Proyectos: Sierra Madre Elk Project

Alex May stirs a skillet full of food on a camp stove with tents and red rocks in the background.

Alex May

Alma mater(s): Colorado College (BA in biology) and University of Wyoming (MSc in zoology and physiology in progress)
Proyectos: Snowy Range Moose Project

Emily Reed smiles at the camera in a selfie from her car. Her pup leans their head on her shoulder.

Emily Reed

Ciudad natal: Cody, WY
Alma mater(s): University of Wyoming (BA in environmental studies; BA in English)
Proyectos: Ungulate Compendium

Tana stands on the rocky banks of a river, holding a very small frog.

Tana Verzuh

Ciudad natal: Grand Junction, CO
Alma mater(s): Colorado State University (BSc zoology), Montana State University (MSc science education), University of Wyoming (MSc Zoology)
Proyectos: Snowy Range Moose Project


A black dog with long hair cools off in a spot of water in a rock crack.

Person: Jaron Kolek

A brown dog with a bandana around her neck stands in front of a rock outcroup.

Person: Heather Abernathy

Gus, a gray and black dog, and his short legs are playing in some snow. The snow in front of him is disturbed, as if he's already been romping for a while.

Person: Tayler LaSharr

Hayduke, a corgi with black, white, and brown, takes a break in some sagebrush. She looks tired, as though she has been running through the sagebrush for days.

Person: Rebekah Rafferty

A black dog with his tongue out sits in the snow, holding a red frisbee.

Person: Brittany Wagler

A black dog looks majestically over an Alaskan landscape.

Person: Yasaman Shakeri

Ovis, an energetic black dog, walking on a trail on a ridge. She is surrounded by lush plants, including yellow and purple flowers. Her tongue is hanging out and her ears are perky.

Person: Tayler LaSharr

A brown cat with an orange streak on her forehead reclines in a cozy cat tower.

Person: Taylor Wagstaff

A close up of a red dog with his mouth hanging open.

Person: Rhiannon Jakopak

A black dog with a white chest looks off screen, with her mouth open and bright eyes.

Person: Rachel Smiley

A dog with an open mouth sits in the back of a vehicle, with an open landscape in the background.

Person: Rhiannon Jakopak