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Ph.D., Environmental Studies, with concentration in Conservation Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz; Dan Doak, advisor 2003
B.A., Biology, University of Oregon 1992
Dr. Matthew Kauffman serves as the Leader for of the Wyoming Co-op. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Santa Cruz and did post-doctoral research and teaching at the University of Montana. Dr. Kauffman's is broadly trained as an ecologist and has research experience in a wide variety of ecosystems. He has a strong quantitative background with expertise in population and ecosystem modeling and analysis of spatial data. While in Montana his research focused on predator-prey relationships between gray wolves and elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Dr. Kauffman began service at the Wyoming Unit during the summer of 2006. His current research focuses primarily on large carnivores and ungulates in terrestrial ecosystems. He continues research on gray wolves and elk and gray wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and has expanded his research to include moose and grizzly bears in that ecosystem. Dr. Kauffman is also conducting research on the effects of natural gas development on mule deer, elk, and pronghorn in the sagebrush biome and of habitat fragmentation on avian communities.