The Monteith Shop

We are a research group focused on providing a scientific basis for management and conservation of ungulates. Often through individual-based research and intensive field studies, we connect individual animals to their environment to learn what influences their behavior, growth, reproduction, and survival in the face of a changing world. Our aim and our motto are to “advance science and management one data point at a time.” Learning about these species in a way that can shape on-the-ground decisions is contingent upon long-term, empirical data, which are hard to come by.

Through comprehensive field studies, scientific output, and active engagement with scientists, stakeholders, and the general public, the overarching goal of our group is to provide meaningful contributions to the field of wildlife ecology while effectively informing management decisions.

Group Leader:


Kevin Monteith

Hometown: 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)
Projects: All of them...

Graduate students:


Mitch Brunet

Hometown: Brantford ON, Canada
Alma mater(s): University of Guelph (BSc wildlife biology & conservation)
Projects: Deer-Elk Ecology Research Project

Jaron Kolek on the river.

Jaron Kolek

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


Tayler LaSharr

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Alma mater(s): University of Arizona (BSc in Natural Resources emphasis Conservation Biology) and University of Wyoming (MSc in Zoology and Physiology)
Projects: Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project, Harvest Records Project
Link to CV

Rebecca is thrilled by a sheep skull.

Rebecca Levine

Hometown: Providence, RI
Alma mater(s): Swarthmore College (BA in Biology)
Projects: Meeteetse Moose Project

Rebekah doing field work alongside her pup.

Rebekah Rafferty

Hometown: 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)
Projects: Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project

Seth holding a bird during field work.

Seth Rankins

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

Yasaman Shakeri holding mule deer antlers up to her head.

Yasaman Shakeri

Hometown: 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)
Projects: 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)
Projects: 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

Hometown: Cooperstown, ND
Alma mater(s)/degrees: University of Jamestown (BSc in Biology)
Projects: Pronghorn Harvest Project


Brittany Wagler

Hometown: Cody, WY
Alma mater(s)/degrees: University of Wyoming (BSc in zoology and physiology)
Projects: Wyoming Bighorn Sheep Nutrition and Disease Project
Link to CV


Heather excitedly points at a white-tailed deer.

Heather Abernathy

Hometown: Cumming, GA
Alma mater(s): University of Georgia (BSc Ecology), University of Georgia (MSc Forest Resources), Virginia Tech (PhD Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences)
Projects: Deer-Elk Ecology Research Project


Rhiannon Jakopak

Hometown: 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)
Projects: Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project



Ellen Aikens

Hometown: Kintnersville, PA
Alma mater(s)/degrees: Ursinus College (BSc in biology; BA in environmental studies), University of Wyoming (PhD in ecology)
Projects: Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project


Kristin Denryter

Hometown: 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).
Projects: Sierra Nevada Desert Bighorn Sheep Project


Samantha Dwinnell

Hometown: Faribault, MN
Alma mater(s): University of Minnesota-Duluth (BSc in biology; BA in environmental studies); University of Wyoming (MSc in zoology and physiology)
Projects: Wyoming Range Mule Deer Project


Matt Hayes

Hometown: Hastings, MI
Alma mater(s): University of Wyoming (BSc wildlife and fisheries biology and management; MSc rangeland resources; MSc water resources)
Projects: Deer-Elk Ecology Research Project


Katey Huggler

Hometown: Priest River, Idaho
Alma mater(s): University of Idaho (BSc in wildlife resources) and University of Wyoming (MSc zoology and physiology)
Projects: Deer-Elk Ecology Research Project


Bryan Lamont

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Alma mater(s)/degrees: Appalachian State University (BSc sociology) , Colorado State University (BSc wildlife biology), Sierra Nevada College (Teaching Certificate), and University of Wyoming (MSc zoology and physiology)
Projects: Sierra Madre Elk Project


Alex May

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

Emily Reed

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


Tana Verzuh

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

Shop Friends:

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.


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


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


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.


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.