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Dr. Anna Chalfoun

Dr. Anna Chalfoun holding a Brewer's Sparrow

Education

  • Ph D University of Montana 2006
  • MS University of Missouri 2000
  • BA Smith College 1995

Biography

Anna holds a BA degree in Biology from Smith College, an MS in Wildlife Biology and Conservation Biology from the University of Missouri, and a PhD in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana, mentored by Dr. Tom Martin. After a brief post-doctoral period with Dr. Craig Benkman at the University of Wyoming in 2007, Anna joined the faculty at the University of Wyoming as a Research Scientist in 2008. She was hired as the Assistant Unit Leader for Wildlife at the Wyoming Unit in 2011. Anna’s work has focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying animal habitat selection at multiple spatial scales, the contexts under which habitat choices are adaptive, life history strategies including parental care behaviors, and the influence of anthropogenic habitat change on non-game wildlife.

Research Interests

Anna and her graduate students are currently conducting research on songbirds, small mammals, reptiles and amphibians in a wide variety of systems in Wyoming. The common threads throughout the lab’s projects are wildlife-habitat relationships and the influence of human-induced habitat changes such as loss, fragmentation and alteration of remaining patches on non-game wildlife species. Current projects are focused on effects of energy development, roads, the recent mountain pine beetle infestation of lodgepole pine forests and climate change. Every project is designed to address critical informational needs for the state but students are also encouraged to add a conceptual focus to their work that advances the state of knowledge in the field.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Chalfoun will be teaching a graduate-level course on animal habitat selection and a special topics graduate discussion course during alternating fall semesters.

Professional Society Service

  • Cooper Ornithological Society - Board Member (January 2011 - December 2014)

Research Publications

  • Ceradini, J. and A. Chalfoun. Species' traits help predict small mammal responses to habitat homogenization by cheatgrass invasion. Ecological Applications.
  • Ceradini, J., and A. Chalfoun. 2017. When perception reflects reality: Non-native grass invasion alters small mammal risk landscapes and survival. Ecology and Evolution.
  • Hall, L. E., A. D. Chalfoun, E. A. Beever, and A. E. Loosen. 2016. Microrefuges and the occurrence of thermal specialists: Implications for wildlife persistence amidst changing temperatures. Climate Change Responses 3:1-12.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects

Courses

  • Research in Ecology (2011)
  • Recent Advances in Habitat Ecology (2010)
  • Research in Ecology (2010)
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Wyoming University Committees and Workgroups

  • Anna ChalfounProgram in Ecology Career Planning Course, University of Wyoming (August 2009 - December 2010)
  • Anna ChalfounUniversity of Wyoming (August 2008 - December 2009)
  • Anna ChalfounWildlife Biology Department, Univ. of Montana (August 2003 - December 2004)
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Technical Publications

  • 2013 Annual Report - Effects of Wind Energy Development on Breeding Grassland BirdsAbstract |
  • 2012 Annual - The Effectiveness of Sage-Grouse Core Areas as an Umbrella for Non-Game Species Abstract |
  • 2012 Annual Report - Effects of Wind Energy Development on Breeding Grassland Birds.Abstract |
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 19

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 5

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 46

Presentations: 76

Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

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