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Jerod Merkle

Jerod Merkle

Biography

Jerod has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Arizona (2006), a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana (2011), and a Ph.D. in Biology from Université Laval, Québec (2014). His research mainly focuses on understanding foraging ecology and predator-prey dynamics to help develop management plans that minimize human-wildlife conflicts. Jerod has contributed to research on gray wolves, coyotes, black bears, bison, mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, moose, and caribou.

Research Interests

Currently, Jerod is investigating how climate variability will affect ungulate migratory behavior in Wyoming, and how changes in such behavior will ultimately influence the risk of comingling between wild ungulates and livestock.

Research Publications

  • Aikens E.O., Kauffman M.J., Merkle J.A., Dwinnell S.P.H., Fralick G.L., Monteith K.L. 2017. The greenscape shapes surfing of resource waves in a large migratory herbivore. Ecology Letters 20(6): 741-750. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ele.12772
  • Merkle, JA and 9 others. Do large herbivores surf waves of green-up in spring?
 

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

 

Contact Information

Advisor

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