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Wildlife-Livestock Disease Transmission in a Changing Climate

When cattle and elk comingle during the brucellosis abortion season (from March through May), there is a risk of disease transmission from elk to cattle.


September 2014 - September 2018


The goal of this project is to develop a framework for understanding the ecology of elk-cattle commingling, particularly with regards to how annual forage conditions and weather patterns influence elk movement during the critical spring/summer brucellosis transmission period. Elk habitat use and cattle grazing regimes are largely determined by the changing distribution of high-quality forage throughout the year.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4236



Funding Agencies

  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • United States Department of Agriculture


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey