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804 E Fremont St

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080

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Email: haub.school@uwyo.edu

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Dr. Heather N. Abernathy

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Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

habernat@uwyo.edu | Bureau of Mines, Rm 323

 

Education

PhD, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Tech, 2021

MS, Forestry Resources, University of Georgia, 2017

BS, Ecology, University of Georgia, 2013

 

Background and expertise

Heather Abernathy is a spatial wildlife ecologist broadly interested in how landscape- and site-specific processes influence wildlife behavior and demography, and how we as a field might better integrate such knowledge to optimally conserve & manage wildlife species and habitats. She is originally from Georgia, where she received her BS in Ecology from the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia in 2013. Her undergraduate thesis examined the impacts of precipitation variability on woodland salamanders and migrant songbirds in the southern Appalachian Mountains. In 2017, Heather completed her MS in Forestry Resources from the Warnell School of Forestry at the University of Georgia examining fine- and large-scale drivers of migrant songbird occupancy and abundance in western North Carolina. In 2021, Heather completed her PhD in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech examining how humans and ecological disturbance influence the spatial ecology and predator-prey dynamics of white-tailed deer and Florida panther in southwestern Florida. In her final year as a PhD student, she served as a visiting scholar at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville examining drivers of white-tailed deer population dynamics in Big Cypress National Preserve. Currently Heather is a postdoctoral research scientist working with the Monteith Shop. Her current research focuses on mule deer-elk competition in southwestern Wyoming as part of the deer-elk ecology research project in collaboration with state, federal, and NGO partners.  Broadly, her research interests include animal behavior, spatial ecology, remote sensing, movement ecology, disturbance ecology, and predator-prey dynamics.

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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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