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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

  • Ausband, D.E., J.Young, B. Fannin, M.S. Mitchell, J.L. Stenglein, L.P. Waits, and J.A. Shivik. 2011. Hair of the dog: obtaining samples from coyotes and wolves noninvasively. Wildlife Society Bulletin 35:105-111. Abstract |  Publisher Website | 
  • Gude, J. A., M. S. Mitchell, D. E. Ausband, C. A. Sime, and E. E. Bands. 2009. Internal validation of predicitive logistic regression models for decision making in wildlife management. Wildlife Biology.
  • Mitchell, M. S., D. E. Ausband, C. A. Sime, E. E. Bangs, M. Jimenez, C. M. Mack, T. J. Meier, M. S. Nadeau, and D. W. Smith. 2008. Estimation of successful breeding pairs for wolves in the U. S. northern Rocky Mountains. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:881-891.

Completed Projects

Montana Wildlife Other Professional Positions and Memberships

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

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 9

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 17

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 7

Scientific Publications: 48

Presentations: 41


Contact Information

Tel: (208) 885 - 1172

Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  2. The University of Montana
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute