Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Wyoming
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Wyoming Staff Member

Jerod Merkle

Jerod Merkle

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Jerod has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Arizona (2006), a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana (2011), and a Ph.D. in Biology from Université Laval, Québec (2014). His research mainly focuses on understanding foraging ecology and predator-prey dynamics to help develop management plans that minimize human-wildlife conflicts. Jerod has contributed to research on gray wolves, coyotes, black bears, bison, mule deer, elk, bighorn sheep, moose, and caribou. . Currently, Jerod is investigating how climate variability will affect ungulate migratory behavior in Wyoming, and how changes in such behavior will ultimately influence the risk of comingling between wild ungulates and livestock.

Research Publications Publication Date
Oates, B. et al. Antipredator response diminishes during periods of resource deficit for a large herbivore. March 2019
Oates and others. Spatially explicit demography reveals disparate influences of resource limitation and predation on population growth of a large herbivore December 2021
Middleton and others. Green-wave surfing influences fitness in a large migratory herbivore July 2018
Merkle JA, KL Monteith, EO Aikens, MM Hayes, KR Hersey, AD Middleton, BA Oates, H Sawyer, BM Scurlock, MJ Kauffman (2016). Large herbivores surf waves of green-up in spring. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283:20160456. December 2016
Lamont et al. Multi-Scale Habitat Selection of Elk in Response to Beetle-Killed Forest February 2019
Jesmer BR, JA Merkle, JR Goheen, EO Aikens, JL Beck, AB Courtemanch, MA Hurley, DE McWhirter, HM Miyasaki, KL Monteith, MJ Kauffman (2018). Is ungulate migration culturally transmitted? Evidence of social learning from translocated animals. Science 361 (6406), 10231025. October 2018
Aikens E.O., Kauffman M.J., Merkle J.A., Dwinnell S.P.H., Fralick G.L., Monteith K.L. 2017. The greenscape shapes surfing of resource waves in a large migratory herbivore. Ecology Letters 20(6): 741-750. June 2017
Presentations Presentation Date
Merkle, J.A., and Kauffman, M.J. 2017. Sustaining ungulate migrations: new tools to identify and conserve corridors across multiple-use landscapes. 24th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico. September 2017
Merkle, J.A., Sawyer, H., and Kauffman, M.J. 2017. Memory shapes mammalian migration and its benefits. Gordon Research Conference: Movement Ecology of Animals, March 2017, Ventura, CA. March 2017
Aikens EO, Kauffman MJ, Merkle JA, Dwinnell SP, Fralick GL, and Monteith KL. 2017. The greenscape shapes surfing of resource waves in a large migratory herbivore. Gordon Research Conference on the Movement Ecology of Animals, Ventura, CA, March 20th, 2017. March 2017