Director and Cofounder WMI Matt has an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Kauffman has worked on topics that include the management and recovery of peregrine falcons, evaluating the ecological role of wolves in Yellowstone National Park, and the effects of range management on carnivores in southern Africa. In 2006, Matt joined the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the faculty of the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming; he is currently the director of the Wyoming Coop Unit. Matt and his graduate students are conducting studies on elk, wolves, moose, deer, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep in Wyoming, addressing the influence of habitat condition, predation, human disturbance, and energy development on these species. Matt’s research combines work on animal physiology, behavior and demography to better understand population- and landscape-level processes, including a strong focus on ungulate migration. A primary focus of his research program is to provide timely information to agency biologists charged with managing Wyoming’s wildlife.
Research Associate Shannon Albeke is the ecoinformaticist embedded within the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at the University of Wyoming. Shannon holds a PhD in Landscape Ecology from the University of Georgia and has over 13 years of experience as an ecologist and informaticist specializing in the integration of field-collected data with spatial/statistical analyses and database management. His research focuses on improving the efficiency of analyzing large spatial and temporal datasets through innovative methodologies that take advantage of database structure and design, coupled with open-source statistical software.
Spatial Analyst Matt received an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and Management from the University of Wyoming in 2010. He completed a Master of Science in December of 2012 studying the impacts beavers have on riparian vegetation communities in southeast Wyoming. Matt analyses and process data for the Atlas and assists with implementation of the database and viewer. Matt worked extensively on the Red Desert to Hoback Conservation Assessment in terms of gathering, overlaying and analyzing data. Matt focuses on applying new and emerging techniques in remote sensing and movement ecology to better understand complex wildlife and landcover processes across the mountain west.
Lead Cartographer James is a Senior Research Associate and Executive Director and co-founder of the InfoGraphics Lab in the University of Oregon’s Department of Geography. He received his MA in Geography in 1992 at the University of Oregon. He is a past president of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). His research areas include map design and atlas creation. He is the Cartographic Editor of recently published and award winning Atlas of Yellowstone (UC Press, 2012). He is one of the authors of the Atlas of Oregon (UO Press, 2001), and is a co-author of the Archaeology and Landscape in the Mongolian Altai: An Atlas (ESRI Press, 2010) that received the Association of American Geographer’s Globe Book award for Public Understanding of Geography in 2011. Jim has taught cartography and GIS courses at the University of Oregon since 1992. His current projects include the development of a new Atlas of Wildlife Migration: Wyoming’s Ungulates.
Research Associate Arthur is a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES). He received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the Program in Ecology at University of Wyoming, where he studied wolf-elk interactions in northwest Wyoming in partnership with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Arthur is currently initiating new research on the major elk migrations of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and conducting research on puma-camelid interactions in the southern Andes. Prior to receiving his ecological training, Arthur worked as a falconer and raptor biologist in Europe, the U.S., and Central America. He received a master’s degree in environmental management from Yale and a bachelor’s degree in English and government from Bowdoin College.
Research Associate Kevin is an Assistant Research Professor with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. After receiving his BSc and MSc in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University, he went on to obtain his PhD in Biology from Idaho State University in 2011. Kevin’s research program is focused on integrating nutritional ecology with intensive field studies of large ungulates to elucidate the mechanisms that underpin behavior, growth, reproductive allocation, predator-prey dynamics, and ultimately, the factors affecting population growth. Kevin and his graduate students are currently conducting research on most of Wyoming’s large ungulates; topics are centered on establishing a protocol for habitat-based, sustainable management of ungulate populations, while investigating the effects of predation, habitat alteration, climate change, migration strategies, and novel disturbance through the lens of nutrition.
Project Manager and Cofounder WMI Bill has a Masters Degree in Zoology from the University of Wyoming and a BS degree from the University of Idaho. He retired with the Wyoming Game and Fish in 2011 after a 30 year career with the WGFD where he worked as a Special Project Biologist, District Biologist, Wildlife Management Coordinator, and Assistant Division Chief for the Wildlife Division. Bill has extensive experience working with stakeholders relating to a wide-range of wildlife issues including big game management, population estimation, endangered species management, and wildlife/transportation issues. Bill has overseen and supervised large programs including the habitat, sensitive species, and trophy management sections for WGFD, and he had oversight of 8 wildlife regions in Wyoming. Bill has helped guide wildlife research efforts for the Game and Fish and has extensive knowledge of the landscapes and wildlife issues of Wyoming.
Research Associate Hall is a research biologist with Western Ecosystems Technology (WEST), Inc., and serves as adjunct faculty in the Zoology & Physiology Department at University of Wyoming, and is a research associate with the Wyoming Migration Initiative. Hall earned a BS degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University and MS and PhD degrees in Zoology from the University of Wyoming. Hall worked with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit as a research scientist from 1997-2001, coordinating a variety of ungulate research projects. Since then Hall has worked with WEST, Inc. and conducted numerous ungulate studies in Wyoming, with emphasis on impact analysis and migration ecology. Hall’s work with ungulates spans 20 years and involves agencies, industry, non-government organizations, and graduate students.