Lab Alumni

Tatum Del Bosco

MS Student – Graduated December 2020

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I am a master’s student in Ecology, supervised by Tal Avgar. My research focuses on the drivers of mule deer migration in Central Utah, using emerging technology to monitor both population and individual level movement patterns. Specifically, I am investigating if mule deer track vegetation green-up along their spring migration routes, and whether populations are subject to density dependence due to intraspecies competition for nutritional resources. Learn more

Steven Handtke

Technician + undergraduate research project

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My name is Steven Handtke and I am finishing my senior year at Utah State University studying Wildlife Ecology & Management and minoring in Fisheries and Aquatic Science.

I have been working in the Wildlife Space-Use Ecology Lab since last spring as a technician, and I am currently conducting an undergraduate research project measuring vegetation using data from camera-trap photos. Learn more

Emily Bonebrake

BS Student – Graduated May 2022

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I am in my junior year of obtaining a BS in Wildlife Ecology and Management with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. For my research, I am estimating the density and distribution of cattle across two grazing allotments in Spanish Fork, UT using wildlife cameras. The livestock’s aggregation across the landscape will be predicted based on three environmental covariates: vegetation cover, distance from water, and elevation. Learn more


Randall McBride

MS Student

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I am a master’s student focusing on the spatial interactions between humans and elk.

While pursuing my master’s I work full-time for the Utah Division of Natural Resources as the Private Lands Biologist. My interests include animal behavior, species interactions, and how humans influence that behavior. I have worked with a variety of species including sage grouse, turkeys, elk, mule deer, bobcats, cougars, moose, and bears. Learn more