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Department of Zoology and Physiology

College of Arts and Sciences

Jerod A. Merkle

Assistant Professor, Knobloch Professor in Migration Ecology and Conservation

Office: Biological Sciences 422

Lab: Biological Sciences 439

Phone: (307) 766-5448



B.S. 2006            Rangeland, Watershed, and Wildlife Resources with emphasis in Wildlife Science, minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona

M.S. 2011            Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, University of Montana

Ph.D. 2014           Biology, Université Laval


2014-2018            University of Wyoming



Research Interests:

I study how the movement of animals relates to environmental heterogeneity and change, and how these interactions scale to population- and landscape-level ecological processes. While I have research experience ranging from sexual selection in birds to interference competition between carnivores, my primary research foci include migration ecology, fitness consequences of behavior, how cognition and innovation influence foraging behavior, and conservation and management of large mammals.


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