Illustrated Summary of Project Field Work

Our research performs ground and aerial surveys across the study area to determine army cutworm moth occurrence and grizzly bear use. Technician support focuses on ground surveys, which entail scrambling into survey units to sample randomly-generated survey plots located therein. Typically, this requires technicians spend multiple days safely navigating mountainous terrain and bivouac camping on … Continue reading Illustrated Summary of Project Field Work

Calling all wildlife-loving mountain men & women

6/3/2020 Update: Due to COVID-19 hardships, we've reopened our application window until June 17th for hiring one or more individuals. We will be conducting field research activities this summer under a strict COVID-19 mitigation plan, which technicians must be willing to follow while working in the field and residing in project housing on lieu time. … Continue reading Calling all wildlife-loving mountain men & women

2019 Digging for Bear Butter Project Overview Video

Entitled Digging for Bear Butter, this video illustrates the survey method my graduate research uses to count-collect army cutworm moths (aka bear butter) at select high-elevation talus slopes in the Glacier National Park area. It's a two minute narrative using visuals from the first summer of field research that provides a summary overview of my … Continue reading 2019 Digging for Bear Butter Project Overview Video

2019 Audio Story on Project Technician’s Experience

Burt resting next to the gem glacier It's a wrap! I've put the final touches on my audio story in which my friend, Burt Bjorling, shares his experience and a memory from last summer when he worked as a field technician on my graduate research in Glacier National Park. Burt and I experiencing nirvana while … Continue reading 2019 Audio Story on Project Technician’s Experience

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