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Zoology and Physiology

College of Arts and Sciences

Joe Holbrook
Assistant Professor

Haub School of ENR

Department of Zoology and Physiology

Bim Kendall House, Room 15; 307-766-5030


BS 2008 Wildlife Ecology, University of Idaho

MS 2011 Range and Wildlife Management, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

PhD 2015 Natural Resources with a minor in Statistics, University of Idaho

Postdoctoral: 2016-2018, Montana State University and USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station

Research interests:

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.

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