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Bim Kendall House

804 E Fremont St

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080

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Email: haub.school@uwyo.edu

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Joe Holbrook

Assistant Professor 

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources
Department of Zoology and Physiology

(307) 766-5030 | joe.holbrook@uwyo.edu | CV | Kendall House, Rm 015

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Education

PhD Natural Resources, University of Idaho (2015)

MS Range and Wildlife Management, Texas A&M University—Kingsville (2011)

BS Wildlife Ecology, University of Idaho (2008)

Background and expertise

My research focuses on an integration of population and community ecology. Three main questions underpin this focus: (1) Why are animals where they are? (2) How does environmental change influence animals? and (3) What roles do animals fulfill within the broader ecological community? In addition, I am keenly interested in the interaction between humans and the environment, which has large implications for policy, land management, and conservation solutions. These broad interests necessarily require diverse partnerships, datasets, and analytical techniques. Indeed, my partners and I are continually looking for ways to integrate concepts and approaches to gain additional insight and identify conservation opportunities. I generally work with mammalian carnivores, which have spanned from jaguarundis and badgers within rangelands to Canada lynx, wolverine, and mountain lions within forests. Applied issues motivate my work, but I strive to place these questions within a strong theoretical foundation to advance both management and science.

Selected publications

Holbrook, J., J. Squires, B. Bollenbacher, R. Graham, L. Olson, G. Hanvey, S. Jackson, and R. Lawrence. 2018. Spatio-temporal responses of Canada lynx to silvicultural treatments within the Northern Rockies, U.S. Forest Ecology and Management 422:114-124.

Savage, S., R. Lawrence, J. Squires, J. Holbrook, L. Olson, J. Braaten, and W. Cohen. 2018. Shifts in forest structure in northwest Montana from 1972 to 2015 using the Landsat archive from Multispectral scanner to Operational Land Imager. Forests 9:157.

Kosterman, M., J. Squires, J. Holbrook, D. Pletscher, and M. Hebblewhite. 2018. Forest structure provides the income for reproductive success in a southern population of Canada lynx. Ecological Applications 28:1032-1043.

Holbrook, J., J. Squires, L. Olson, N. DeCesare, and R. Lawrence. 2017. Understanding and predicting habitat for wildlife conservation: the case of Canada lynx at the range periphery. Ecosphere8:e01939.

Mumma, M., J. Holbrook, N. Rayl, C. Zieminski, T. Fuller, J. Organ, S. Mahoney, and L. Waits. 2017. Examining spatial patterns of selection and use for an altered predator guild. Oecologia 185:725-735.

Holbrook, J., J. Squires, L. Olson, R. Lawrence, and S. Savage. 2017. Multi-scale habitat relationships of snowshoe hares in the mixed conifer landscape of the Northern Rockies, USA: cross-scale effects of horizontal cover with implications for forest management. Ecology and Evolution 7:125- 144.

Holbrook, J., D. Pilliod, R. Arkle, K. Vierling, J. Rachlow, and M. Wiest. 2016. Transition of vegetation states positively affects harvester ants in the Great Basin, United States. Rangeland Ecology & Management 69:449-456.

Boelman, N., J. Holbrook, H. Greaves, J. Krause, H. Chmura, T. Magney, J. Perez, J. Eitel, L. Gough, K. Vierling, J. Wingfield, and L. Vierling. 2016. Airborne laser scanning and spectral remote sensing give a bird's eye perspective on arctic tundra breeding habitat at multiple scales. Remote Sensing of Environment184:337-349.

Holbrook, J., R. Arkle, J. Rachlow, K. Vierling, D. Pilliod, and M. Wiest. 2016. Occupancy and abundance of predator and prey: implications of the fire- cheatgrass cycle in sagebrush ecosystems. Ecosphere 7:e01307.

Bosque-Pérez, N., P. Klos, J. Force, L. Waits, K. Cleary, P. Rhoades, S. Galbraith, A. Bentley Brymer, M. O’Rourke, S. Eigenbrode, B. Finegan, J. Wulfhorst, N. Sibelet, and J. Holbrook. 2016. A pedagogical model for team-based, problem-focused interdisciplinary doctoral education. BioScience 66:477-488.

Bentley Brymer, A., J. Holbrook, R. Niemeyer, A. Suazo, J. Wulfhorst, K. Vierling, B. Newingham, T. Link, and J. Rachlow. 2016. A social-ecological impact assessment for public land management: application of a conceptual and methodological framework. Ecology and Society 21:9.

Gosselin, E., J. Holbrook, K. Huggler, E. Brown, K. Vierling, R. Arkle, and D. Pilliod. 2016. Ecosystem engineering of harvester ants: effects on vegetation in a semi-arid environment. Western North American Naturalist 76:82-89.

Holbrook, J., K. Vierling, L. Vierling, P. Adam, and A. Hudak. 2015. Occupancy of red-naped sapsuckers: using LiDAR to understand the effects of vegetation structure and disturbance. Ecology and Evolution 5:5383-5393.

Klos, P., J. Abatzoglou, J. Blades, M. Clark, M. Dodd, T. Hall, A. Haruch, P. Higuera, J. Holbrook, V. Jansen, K. Kemp, A. Lankford, A. Lamar, T. Link, T. Magney, A. Meddens, L. Mitchell, B. Moore, P. Morgan, B. Newingham, R. Niemeyer, B. Soderquist, A. Suazo, K. Vierling, V. Walden, and C. Walsh. 2015. Indicators of climate change in Idaho: an assessment framework for coupling biophysical change and social perception. Weather, Climate, and Society 7:238-254.

Holbrook, J., R. Arkle, J. Rachlow, K. Vierling, and D. Pilliod. 2015. Sampling animal sign in heterogeneous environments: how much is enough? Journal of Arid Environments 119:51-55.

Balkenhol, N., J. Holbrook, D. Onorato, P. Zager, C. White, and L. Waits. 2014. A multi-method approach for analyzing hierarchical genetic structures: a case study with cougars Puma concolor. Ecography 37:1-12.

Holbrook, J., A. Caso, R. DeYoung, and M. Tewes. 2013. Population genetics of jaguarundis in Mexico: implications for future research and conservation. Wildlife Society Bulletin 37:336-341.

Holbrook, J., R. DeYoung, J. Janecka, M. Tewes, R. Honeycutt, and J. Young. 2012. Genetic diversity, population structure, and movements of mountain lions, Puma concolor, in Texas. Journal of Mammalogy 93:989-1000.

Holbrook, J., R. DeYoung, M. Tewes, and J. Young. 2012. Demographic history of an elusive carnivore: using museums to inform management. Evolutionary Applications 5:619-628.

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Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Bim Kendall House

804 E Fremont St

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080

Fax: (307) 766-5099

Email: haub.school@uwyo.edu

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