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Dr. David Ausband

David Ausband


  • Ph D University of Montana 2015
  • MS University of Montana 2005
  • BS University of Montana 2003


I am originally from Pennsylvania and that is the place where I first learned that I had a passion for all things wildlife. When I was 25 I decided to study wildlife biology at The University of Montana. Since that time I have conducted research on snowshoe hares, swift foxes, gray wolves, mountain lions, and black bears.

Research Interests

carnivore ecology, behavioral ecology, noninvasive sampling, effects of management actions on wildlife populations

Teaching Interests

I plan to teach graduate courses in Wildlife Conservation and Management and Science Communication.

Research Publications

  • Jacobs, C. and D.E. Ausband. 2019. Wolves in space: locations of individuals and their effect on pup survival in groups of a cooperatively breeding canid. Animal Behaviour. 155:189-197.
  • Ausband, D.E. 2019. Pair bonds, reproductive success, and rise of alternate mating strategies in a social carnivore. Behavioral Ecology.
  • Bassing, S.B., D.E. Ausband, M.S. Mitchell, P. Lukacs, A. Keever, G. Hale, and L. Waits. 2019. Stable pack abundance and distribution in a harvested wolf population. Journal of Wildlife Management. 83:577-590.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects

Idaho Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • David AusbandSwift Fox Conservation Team Research Committee (August 2012 - May 2015)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 11

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 5

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 28

Scientific Publications: 102

Presentations: 261


Contact Information

Tel: (208) 885 - 1172

Current Students

Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Idaho
  5. Wildlife Management Institute