John Huang

PhD student

Pronouns: he/him/his

I am a PhD student, advised by Tal Avgar, studying mule deer with the goal of providing a comprehensive ecological understanding of mule deer migration in Utah by quantifying individual migratory behavior across multiple populations and environmental conditions. I am particularly interested in animal behavior and population dynamics with relation to wildlife conservation and management.

I am from New York City, and earned my BS from the University at Albany (SUNY) in Environmental Science and my MS from Marshall University in Biology. I spent my time as an undergraduate examining the effects of various management practices on  mammalian movement at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve in Albany, NY.

After graduating, I spent my time as a field technician for about a year and decided to pursue a masters degree. The aim of my master’s thesis was twofold, the first study focused on the foraging behavior of southern fox squirrels with relation to predation risk and change in habitat structures. For my second study, I examined the population dynamics of a repatriated southern fox squirrel population and assessed the efficiency of translocation as a tool for conservation.

My personal interests include outdoor recreation (hiking, trail running, rock climbing, as of recently skiing, birding), reading, programming, and overall learning and applying new skills whenever an opportunity presents itself.