Aubry Lab Population Ecology in a Changing World

Quantitative Ecology

Lise Aubry, PI, Assistant Professor 
Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at CSU

I am originally from Southern France and received a BS and MSc degrees from the Universite Paul Sabatier in Toulouse. I conducted my dissertation work at the Max Plank Institute for demographic research (Rostock, Germany) where I studied life history trade-offs and senescence in vertebrates. I then moved to Utah State University to pursue postdoctoral research with a focus on wildlife management and human-wildlife conflicts. I was appointed Assistant Professor in 2015 and expanded my research program to include climate change research and impacts on wildlife. 

Caylee Falvo, MS student

Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at CSU & Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Email: [email protected]


I'm currently studying the effects of climate change on the physiology, demography, and phenology of Uinta ground squirrels. I use a combination of lab and field work to look at differences in life history strategies among populations that live at different elevations, in distinct climatic niches. I am particularly interested in life history trade-offs that involve immune function and fitness components (e.g. growth rates, survival and reproductive rates) and how those are shaped by climate change. I received my undergraduate degrees at the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular Toxicology and Molecular Environmental Biology, and I'm broadly interested in the way wildlife populations and communities respond to anthropogenic change.


Curriculum Vitae

Support: USU graduate fellowship, USU Ecology Center, CSU graduate research fellowship, Audubon Apacheria Fellowship.


Shelley Spear, PhD student

Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at CSU & Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. Email: [email protected]


Originally from Texas, I came to Colorado to pursue a BS in Wildlife Biology from CSU, and graduated in 2011. I recently finished my master’s degree at CSU and had the opportunity to conduct research on identifying fine-scale factors affecting habitat selection by white-tailed ptarmigan in Colorado’s gorgeous alpine. I have been lucky to have a variety of careers outside of the field of wildlife in law, finance, oil and gas, and environmental positions. However, my love for wildlife and ecology kept calling me back! I have participated in black bear den work in Aspen, urban bear research in CO, boreal toad surveys, small mammal mark-recapture analyses, bird point-counts, elk counts, white-tail deer captures, stream and precipitation sample collection for the Loch Vale Watershed LTER in Rocky Mountain National Park, and most recently conducting climate vulnerability assessments for threatened and endangered species on various air force bases around the country. My current research will focus on the dynamics, interactions, and conflicts between humans and black bears (see research section).


Support: CSU graduate research fellowship



Annalisa Crow, Undergraduate technician


Annalisa assisted graduate student Caylee Falvo in collecting phenological, demographic, physiological and genetic information on Uinta ground squirrels at different elevations in Logan Canyon Utah (see Research page for additional information).


Support: USU 


Haylie Hill, Undergraduate technician


Haylie is part of the field crew that helps Caylee collect phenological, demographic, physiological and genetic information on Uinta ground squirrels at different elevations, in Logan Canyon Utah (see Research page for additional information).


Support: USU 

Alumni


Jarod Raithel, PhD  


Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology Center at USU

Email: [email protected]

Webpage: http://beartrust.org/jarod-raithel


Research: Integrating black bear behavior, spatial ecology, and population dynamics along an anthropogenic gradient: Implications for human-black bear conflicts


Support: USU presidential fellowship, Bear Trust International, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife


Current position: Assistant Professor, Estrella Mountain Community College, AZ


Kari Norman, Undergraduate Quinney Fellow


Research: A hibernator’s response to climate change: ecological drivers of persistence in the Uinta ground squirrel.


Support: URCO (Undergraduate Research Creative Opportunity), 

National Geographic Explorer grant (to PI, Lise Aubry)


Current position: Kari moved to Berkeley to start a PhD position in the Boettiger Lab supported by an NSF graduate fellowship.



Lucas Henzler, Undergraduate Research Fellow


Lucas helps collect phenological, demographic, physiological and genetic information on Uinta ground squirrels at three different elevations representative of three different climate niches. His contribution eventually evolved into an undergraduate research project where Lucas .... 


Location: Logan Canyon, UT


Support: USU-URCO (Undergraduate Research Creative Opportunity) recipient