Brian Smith

Brian Smith

Ph.D. student

Pronouns: he/him/his

I am a PhD student, co-advised by Tal and Dan MacNulty, studying the space-use ecology of northern Yellowstone elk and the feedbacks between space-use and demography.

I am particularly interested in how density-dependent habitat selection interacts with predation risk and how animals balance this tradeoff between “many mouths to feed” and “safety in numbers”. My goal is to find insights from individual behavior that scale up to population- and community-level patterns.

I am originally from Florida, and I have a BS and MS from the University of Florida in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation. For my master’s, I studied the spatial ecology of invasive Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park, a problem I worked on for nearly a decade before my PhD. A few of my personal interests are outdoor recreation (especially hiking, wildlife photography, and duck hunting), music, and ice hockey.

Anticipated Graduation: December 2023

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