I am interested in how predator/prey dynamics and interspecific competition, as well as other abiotic and biotic factors, affect species’ population dynamics and spatial ecology.
My PhD research will focus on the mechanisms that regulate cyclic population dynamics in mammalian communities of the northern forests. Through experimental manipulation we hope to restore and evaluate the impact of these mechanisms, which have been altered by the functional extirpation of an important prey species, the snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), from the tension zone of central Wisconsin. While Dr. Jon Pauli is the lead advisor on this project, I will be collaborating extensively with the Peery Lab and the Zuckerberg Lab as well.
MS, Environment and Natural Resources, 2012, The Ohio State University. Thesis: “The dynamics of sarcoptic mange in an urban coyote (Canis latrans) population”. Advisor: Stanley D. Gehrt
BS, Biology, 2004, Grand Valley State University
Gehrt, S.D., E.C. Wilson, J.L. Brown & C. Anchor. 2013. Population ecology of free-roaming cats and interference competition by coyotes in urban parks. PLoS One 8(9): e75718 [PDF]