Director and Cofounder WMI Matt is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the US Geological Survey. He 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 USGS 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.
Content Editor Emilene earned her BA in environment and natural resources, humanities/fine arts, and Spanish and her MFA in environment and natural resources and creative nonfiction writing, both from the University of Wyoming. For her graduate thesis project she hiked 80 miles of the Teton pronghorn migration corridor through the Gros Ventre Mountains and Upper Green River Basin in western Wyoming. She collaborated with wildlife photojournalist Joe Riis to produce a High Country News cover story on the migration. “Perilous Passages” (January 9, 2012) earned a 2012 Science in Society award from the National Association of Science Writers and the 2012 Knight-Risser Prize for environmental journalism in the West from Stanford University. Emilene has worked in various capacities for publications including National Geographic magazine, Wyoming Wildlife magazine, WyoFile.com, and High Country News. She is currently the communications coordinator for the University of Wyoming Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and she edits Western Confluence magazine, a publication of the UW Ruckelshaus Institute. Emilene is collaborating with a wide range of migration and wildlife experts to write and edit text for the Atlas of Wildlife Migration: Wyoming’s Ungulates.
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.
Cartographic Production Manager Alethea Steingisser is the cartographic production manager in the InfoGraphics Lab at the University of Oregon where she has worked since 2005. She serves as lead cartographer and production manager on The Atlas of Wildlife Migration: Wyoming’s Ungulates (in production), and has managed production other atlases including The Atlas of Yellowstone (2012), and Archaeology and Landscape in the Mongolian Altai: An Atlas (2010). She works on design for all cartographic print projects in the Lab, including the UO campus mobile mapping efforts. Alethea is drawn to cartography because it combines her interests in art and science, and because the dynamic nature of the field requires continual learning.
Her background in art and photography combined with her interest in earth sciences led Alethea to cartography at California State University, Northridge where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Geography in 2001. She followed up with a Master of Science in Geography in 2006 at the University of Oregon. As a student, Alethea took advantage of internship programs to learn from experienced cartographers. She worked as a cartographic intern for National Geographic Maps in 2001, and with the National Park Service in 2005.
Graduate Research Assistant Ellen is currently working on her PhD through the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming. Her graduate research focuses on mule deer migration in the Wyoming Range. Through her research, Ellen hopes to connect patterns of plant phenology to mule deer movement behavior, body condition, reproductive success and demography. Additionally, she will investigate how changing climatic conditions may affect migratory mule deer in the future. Before coming to Wyoming, Ellen worked at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s GIS lab, where she analyzed remote sensing and GPS telemetry data for conservation research projects across the globe. Ellen is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Berry Fellowship. Ellen earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Ursinus College.
Undergraduate Student Cartographer Riley is a student cartographer at the University of Oregon’s InfoGraphics Lab. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography as well as a minor in Planning, Public Policy, & Management. He is expecting to graduate in June, 2015. Riley’s academic interests include geographic information systems, map design, and transportation planning. In 2014, his map “The North America Soccer Experiment”, won the Association of American Geographers – National Geographic Award in Mapping for its depiction of the spatial story of Major League Soccer. After graduation, Riley hopes to continue making maps and looks to improve the state of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in America’s cities.
Postdoctoral Fellow Jerod is a postdoctoral fellow with the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in the Department of Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. He has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Arizona (2006), a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana (2011), and a Ph.D. in Biology from Université Laval, Québec (2014). Jerod’s research has focused on understanding foraging ecology and predator-prey dynamics to help develop management plans that minimize human-wildlife conflicts. Specifically, Jerod investigates how animal memory and forage heterogeneity influence movement of individuals, and how these movements collectively result in population distribution over time. He has contributed to research on gray wolves, coyotes, black bears, bison, and caribou. Currently, Jerod is investigating how climate variability will affect ungulate migratory behavior in Wyoming, and how changes in such behavior will ultimately influence the risk of comingling between wild ungulates and livestock.
Undergraduate Student Cartographer LDylan is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography with focuses in geographical information systems and culture, politics and place. He is a student cartographer at the University of Oregon’s Infographics Lab. Dylan also works as an energy educator with the UO, helping educate students on how to reduce their energy consumption. Previously he worked as a GIS technician for the UO, developing emergency shutoff documents for buildings around campus. Dylan’s academic interests include geographic information systems, migration politics, and sustainability. In the future, Dylan plans to use geographical information systems to help aid efficient disaster response.
Graduate Research Assistant Teal received an undergraduate degree in Physical Geography and Environment and Natural Resources in 2007 from the University of Wyoming. Teal is currently working on a Master of Science degree in Zoology at the University of Wyoming with Dr. Matt Kauffman in the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Our work is focused on understanding the role of development and how mule deer use migratory routes including how foraging habitat and movement corridors can provide insight into ungulate behaviours near human disturbance. The anthropogenic disturbances that disrupt migration corridors range from oil and natural gas to suburban housing development. We are working to understand how and why deer respond differently to the influences of anthropogenic barriers that include disturbance type, intensity of human use, and how quickly development occurs on the landscape.
Graduate Research Assistant Travis earned his BS in wildlife and fisheries biology and management from the University of Wyoming in 2008. He spent several years contributing to many research projects for both state management agencies and university research programs. Travis gained experience working with many wildlife taxa throughout several western states including Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah, California, and Alaska. He is currently working towards a MS degree in the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming. The research project will investigate the efficacy of remote camera technology in understanding the migratory patterns of elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as well as determine the feasibility of using remote technology for herd management objectives.