B52 Skok Hall
Habitat loss and isolation may confine wildlife to spaces where important metapopulation processes like dispersal become increasingly compromised. For large mammals, movement across a human-dominated landscape presents great challenges to ensuring that populations can maintain genetic integrity and avoid regional extinctions. My interests are in understanding how wildlife behavior adapts to changing environmental and demographic conditions to maintain animal movement within and between populations. My current research is focused on understanding how wolf dispersal behavior changes in response to fluctuations in population density, prey abundance and group dynamics in Yellowstone National Park.