Department of Wildland Resources
Utah State University
I'm proud to say that the first paper of my dissertation has been published in Ecology Letters! We showed that changes in elk density alter habitat selection (density-dependent habitat selection), changing the balance of the food-safety tradeoff and resulting in redistribution of the population. You can read it (Open Access) here!
BRIAN J. SMITH
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in my work.
I am a PhD candidate studying Ecology in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University. I am co-advised by Drs. Dan MacNulty and Tal Avgar, and I am a part of USU's Ecology Center.
My dissertation research focuses on tying animal movements and space use to population demography. I work on elk in the Northern Range of Yellowstone National Park, and I'm interested in how the pressures of density-dependence and predation risk influence elk behavior, and how those responses, in turn, affect elk survival and reproduction.