Megan Whetzel

Megan Whetzel

MS Student

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am a master’s student, co-advised by Tal Avgar and Larissa Yocom, researching how and why large herbivores (elk, deer) and domestic livestock alter their space-use and foraging patterns in response to wildfires and whether or not this affects successional trajectories of post-fire ecosystems.

I am especially interested in wildlife population dynamics and why populations fluctuate in response to available resources and changes in the environment. I am originally from California, but have lived in eastern Washington for the last few years. I graduated in 2017 with a B.S. degree in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho. During my undergrad, I conducted field research on Idaho pygmy rabbit personality along the shy-bold spectrum. After graduation, I worked various field technician positions with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Bureau of Land Management in both California and Idaho. I have worked with waterfowl, large ungulates, reptiles, amphibians, grizzly bears, and threatened plant species. I enjoy hiking, fishing, skiing, and traveling in my free time.