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Matthew Gould

Matt Gould with a black bear captured in Montana.


I received my B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. I’m originally from Montana, I am an avid outdoorsman and love to hunt, fish, and backpack.

Research Interests

I solidified my direction in the wildlife profession while working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Grizzly Bear Recovery Project in northwest Montana. My research passion lies with carnivore linkage zone and corridor ecology. Currently, my Ph.D. research is focused on estimating abundance and density of black bears in the Sangre de Cristo and Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico and determining patterns of phylogeographic relateness of black bear populations across the Southwest in New Mexico, Arizona and southern Colorado.

Research Publications

  • Gould, M.J., J.W. Cain III, G.W. Roemer, W.R. Gould, and S. G. Liley. 2018. Density of American black bears in New Mexico. Journal of Wildlife Management 82:775-788. Download  | 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 18

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 26

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 152


Contact Information


New Mexico Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
  2. New Mexico State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey