Brett Jesmer (PhD student, UW)
I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in ecology at the University of Wyoming. I grew up in the St. Lawrence River valley of northern New York State and attended the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University (SUNY ESF). During my undergraduate work at SUNY ESF and post baccalaureate research at the University of California, Davis I developed a breadth of research interests spanning the sub-disciplines of behavior, nutrition, and demography. While investigating the demographic responses of small mammals to a variety of forest management practices, I became interested in the relationship between precipitation, mast cycles, and body condition in predicting rodent population dynamics. These interests have carried over into my Ph.D. work where I am using non-invasive genetic techniques and vegetation monitoring to study the foraging and nutritional ecology of moose populations exhibiting different demographic trends across Wyoming and Colorado.My work is supported through the NASA Space Grant Consortium, the National Park Service, the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and The Wyoming Governor's Big Game License Coalition.