The National Geographic Society's senior writer and editor Douglas Main recently published an article discussing the grizzly bear-army cutworm moth relationship along Continental Divide areas of the Rocky Mountains where their summer ranges overlap. The piece features remarkable photographs by Steven Gnam, who served as a field technician on our project for multiple field seasons. … Continue reading National Geographic Society article on the Grizzly Bear-Army Cutworm Moth Relationship
Introductory project and biographic information
What is an army cutworm moth & why do grizzlies eat them?
Army cutworm moths (Euxoa auxilliaris, ACM), also commonly called miller moths, are one of a number of cutworm moth species found in North America. The moths are migratory, splitting their annual lifecycle between low elevation plains/basin habitats and high elevation mountain talus slopes. Army cutworm moths possess a 1-2" wing span and are identifiable by … Continue reading What is an army cutworm moth & why do grizzlies eat them?
My Graduate Research in Multimedia Form
Grizzly bear's have immense appetites. And in order for them to successfully reproduce through winter, female grizzlies must attain more than 20% body fat before entering their dens, according to past WSU-led research (https://academic.oup.com/jmammal/article/93/2/540/924692 ). From a nutritional perspective, few natural foods available to grizzly bears are capable of packing on their fat reserves, like … Continue reading My Graduate Research in Multimedia Form
Introducing Erik & his graduate field research
I am a research assistant at Washington State University's (WSU) School of the Environment, and a wild-and-wily member of Dr. Dan Thornton's Mammal Spatial Ecology & Conservation Lab. (https://labs.wsu.edu/dthornton/) I've been privileged to work with an array of wildlife species across the Pacific Northwest over the past 15+ years, learning under the tutelage of some … Continue reading Introducing Erik & his graduate field research