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

Idaho Staff Member


Dr. David Ausband

David Ausband

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (208) 885 - 1172
Email: dausband@uidaho.edu

Education

  • Ph D University of Montana 2015
  • MS University of Montana 2005
  • BS University of Montana 2003

Biography

I am originally from Pennsylvania and that is the place where I first learned that I had a passion for all things wildlife. When I was 25 I decided to study wildlife biology at The University of Montana. Since that time I have conducted research on snowshoe hares, swift foxes, gray wolves, mountain lions, and black bears.

Teaching Interest

I plan to teach graduate courses in Wildlife Conservation and Management and Science Communication.

Research Interest

carnivore ecology, behavioral ecology, noninvasive sampling, effects of management actions on wildlife populations

Research Publications Publication Date
Waters, S.S., C. Smeeton, K.V. Weagle, and D.E. Ausband. 2007. Re-introducing the swift fox to Blackfeet Tribal Lands, Montana, USA. IUCN Reintroduction News. 26:34-35. | Abstract 2007-05-31
Stenglein, J.L., M. De Barba, D.E. Ausband, and L.P. Waits. 2010. Impacts of sampling location within a faeces on DNA quality in two carnivore species. Molecular Ecology Resources. 10:109-114. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02670.x | Abstract 2009-12-31
Stenglein, J.L., L.P. Waits, D.E. Ausband, P. Zager, and C.M. Mack. 2010. Efficient noninvasive genetic sampling for monitoring reintroduced wolves. Journal of Wildlife Management. 74:1050-1058. https://doi.org/10.2193/2009-305 | Abstract 2010-06-30
Stenglein J.L., L.P. Waits, D.E. Ausband, P. Zager, and C. Mack. 2011. Estimating gray wolf pack size and family relationships using noninvasive genetic sampling at rendezvous sites. Journal of Mammalogy. 92:784-795. DOI: 10.1644/10-MAMM-A-200.1 | Abstract 2011-08-31
Stansbury, C.R., D.E. Ausband, P. Zager, C.M. Mack, and L.P. Waits. 2016. Identifying gray wolf packs and dispersers using noninvasive genetic samples. Journal of Wildlife Management. 80:1408-1419. https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.21136 | Abstract 2016-08-31
Stansbury, C.R., D.E. Ausband, P. Zager, C.M. Mack, C.R. Miller, M.W. Pennell, and L.P. Waits. 2014. A long-term population monitoring approach for a wide-ranging carnivore: noninvasive genetic sampling of gray wolf rendezvous sites in Idaho, USA. Journal of Wildlife Management. 78:1040–1049. https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.736 | Abstract 2014-08-31
Soller, J.M., D.E. Ausband, and M.S. Gunther. 2020. The curse of observer experience: error in noninvasive genetic sampling. PLOS ONE. | Abstract 2020-03-31
Ruprecht, J.S., D.E. Ausband, M.S. Mitchell, E.O. Garton, and P. Zager. 2012. Homesite attendance based on sex, reproductive status and number of helpers in gray wolf packs. Journal of Mammalogy. 93:1001-1005. DOI: 10.1644/11-MAMM-A-330.1 | Abstract 2012-09-30
Rich, L.N., R.E. Russell, E.M. Glenn, M.S. Mitchell, J.A. Gude, K.M. Podruzny, C.A. Sime, K. Laudon, D.E. Ausband, and J.D. Nichols. 2013. Estimating occupancy and predicting numbers of gray wolf packs in Montana using hunter surveys. Journal of Wildlife Management. 77:1280-1289.DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.562 | Abstract 2013-07-31
Mitchell, M.S., J.A. Gude, D.E. Ausband, C.A. Sime, E.E. Bangs, M.D. Jimenez, C.M. Mack, T.J. Meier, S. Nadeau, and D.W. Smith. 2010. Temporal validation of an estimator for successful breeding pairs of wolves Canis lupus in the U.S. northern Rocky Mountains. Wildlife Biology. 16:101-106.https://doi.org/10.2981/08-068 | Abstract 2010-04-30
Mitchell, M. S., D. E. Ausband, C. A. Sime, E. E. Bangs, M. Jimenez, C. M. Mack, T. J. Meier, M. S. Nadeau, and D. W. Smith. 2008. Estimation of successful breeding pairs for wolves in the U. S. northern Rocky Mountains. Journal of Wildlife Management 72:881-891. 2008-05-31
Krohner, J., and D.E. Ausband. 2019. Associations between sympatric apex predators across a diverse landscape. Mammal Research. 64:203-212. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13364-018-00411-4 | Abstract 2019-04-30
Jimenez, M.D., E.E. Bangs, D.K. Boyd, D.W. Smith, S.A. Becker, D.E. Ausband, S.P. Woodruff, E.H. Bradley, J. Holyan, and K. Laudon. 2017. Wolf dispersal in the northern Rocky Mountains, Western United States: 1993-2008. Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21238. | Abstract 2017-03-31
Jacobs, C., and D.E. Ausband. 2018. Pup-rearing habitat use in a harvested carnivore. Journal of Wildlife Management. 82:802-809. https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.21434 | Abstract 2018-02-28
Jacobs, C., and D.E. Ausband. 2018. An evaluation of camera trap performance: What are you missing and does deployment height matter? Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. 4: 352-360. doi: 10.1002/rse2.81 | Abstract 2018-05-31
Jacobs, C. and D.E. Ausband. 2019. Wolves in space: locations of individuals and their effect on pup survival in groups of a cooperatively breeding canid. Animal Behaviour. 155:189-197. | Abstract 2019-09-30
Horne, J., D.E. Ausband, M. Hurley, J. Struthers, J.E. Berg, and K. Groth. 2019. Integrated population model to improve knowledge and management of Idaho wolves. Journal of Wildlife Management. 83:32-42. https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.21554 | Abstract 2019-01-31
Gude, J. A., M. S. Mitchell, D. E. Ausband, C. A. Sime, and E. E. Bands. 2009. Internal validation of predicitive logistic regression models for decision making in wildlife management. Wildlife Biology. | Abstract 2009-10-31
Clendenin, H.R., J. Adams, D.E. Ausband, J.A. Hayden, P. Hohenloe, and L. Waits. 2020. Combining harvest and genetics to estimate reproduction in wolves. Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21820. | Abstract 2020-01-31
Brennan, A., P.C. Cross, D.E. Ausband, A. Barbknecht, and S. Creel. 2013. Testing automated howling devices in a wintertime wolf survey. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 37:389-393. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.269 | Abstract 2013-07-31
Bassing, S.B., D.E. Ausband, M.S. Mitchell, P. Lukacs, A. Keever, G. Hale, and L. Waits. 2019. Stable pack abundance and distribution in a harvested wolf population. Journal of Wildlife Management. 83:577-590. https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.21616 | Abstract 2019-04-30
Bassing, S.B., D.E. Ausband, M.S. Mitchell, M. Schwartz, J.J. Nowak, G.C. Hale, and L. Waits. 2020. Immigration does not offset harvest mortality in a cooperatively breeding carnivore. Animal Conservation. doi:10.1111/acv.12593 | Abstract 2020-05-31
Ausband, D.E., and G.R. Baty. 2005. Effects of precommercial thinning on snowshoe hare habitat use during winter in low-elevation montane forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 35(1): 206-210. https://doi.org/10.1139/x04-152 | Abstract 2008-10-31
Ausband, D.E., S.B. Bassing, and M.S. Mitchell. 2020. Environmental and social influences on wolf howling behavior. Ethology. | Abstract 2020-06-30
Ausband, D.E., S.B. Bassing, M.S. Mitchell, M. Nordhagen, D.W. Smith, and D.R. Stahler. 2016. Dog days of summer: influences on decision of wolves to move pups. Journal of Mammalogy. 97:1282-1287. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyw114 | Abstract 2016-07-31
Ausband, D.E., M.S. Mitchell, and L. Waits. 2017. Effects of breeder turnover and harvest on group composition and recruitment in a social carnivore. Journal of Animal Ecology. 86:1094-1011. doi/abs/10.1111/1365-2656.12707 | Abstract 2017-07-31
Ausband, D.E., M.S. Mitchell, S.B. Bassing, and C. White. 2013. No trespassing: using a biofence to manipulate wolf movements. Wildlife Research. 40:207-216. http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/WR12176 | Abstract 2013-05-31
Ausband, D.E., M.S. Mitchell, S.B. Bassing, A. Morehouse, D.W. Smith, D.R. Stahler, and J.S. Struthers. 2016. Individual, group, and environmental influences on helping behavior in a social carnivore. Ethology. 122:963-972. doi/abs/10.1111/eth.12566 | Abstract 2016-10-31
Ausband, D.E., M.S. Mitchell, K., Doherty, P. Zager, C.M. Mack, and J. Holyan. 2010. Surveying predicted rendezvous sites to monitor gray wolf populations. Journal of Wildlife Management. 74:1043-1049. https://doi.org/10.2193/2009-303 | Abstract 2010-06-30
Ausband, D.E., M.S. Mitchell, C. Stansbury, J.L. Stenglein, and L. Waits. 2017. Harvest and group effects on pup survival in a cooperative breeder. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 284. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0580 | Abstract 2017-05-31
Ausband, D.E., L.N. Rich, E.M. Glenn, M.S. Mitchell, P. Zager, and C.M. Mack. 2014. Monitoring gray wolf populations using multiple survey methods. Journal of Wildlife Management. 78:335-346. https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.654 | Abstract 2014-02-28
Ausband, D.E., J.Young, B. Fannin, M.S. Mitchell, J.L. Stenglein, L.P. Waits, and J.A. Shivik. 2011. Hair of the dog: obtaining samples from coyotes and wolves noninvasively. Wildlife Society Bulletin 35:105-111. | Abstract | Publisher Website 2011-05-31
Ausband, D.E., J.Skrivseth, and M.S. Mitchell. 2011. An automated device for provoking and capturing wildlife calls. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 35:498-503. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.80 | Abstract 2011-12-31
Ausband, D.E., J. Young, B. Fannin, M.S. Mitchell, J.L. Stenglein, L.P. Waits, and J.A. Shivik. 2011. Hair of the dog: obtaining samples from coyotes and wolves noninvasively. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 35:105-111. https://doi.org/10.1002/wsb.23 | Abstract 2011-07-31
Ausband, D.E., J. Holyan, and C. Mack. 2009. Longevity and adaptability of a reintroduced gray wolf. Northwestern Naturalist. 90:44-47. | Abstract 2009-04-30
Ausband, D.E., C. Stansbury, J.L. Stenglein, J.L. Struthers, and L.P. Waits. 2015. Recruitment in a social carnivore before and after harvest. Animal Conservation 18:415-423. https://doi.org/10.1111/acv.12187 | Abstract 2015-01-31
Ausband, D.E. and K.F. Foresman. 2007. Swift fox reintroductions on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Montana. USA. Biological Conservation. 136:423-430. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2006.12.007 | Abstract 2007-03-31
Ausband, D.E. and K.F. Foresman. 2007. Dispersal, survival, and reproduction of wild-born, yearling swift foxes in a reintroduced population. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 85:185-189. https://doi.org/10.1139/z06-208 | Abstract 2007-02-28
Ausband, D.E. and E.A. Ausband. 2006. Observations of interactions between swift fox and badgers. The Prairie Naturalist. 38(1):63-64. | Abstract 2007-01-31
Ausband, D.E. 2019. Pair bonds, reproductive success, and rise of alternate mating strategies in a social carnivore. Behavioral Ecology. 30:1618-1623. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arz126 | Abstract 2019-08-31
Ausband, D.E. 2018. Multiple breeding individuals within groups in a social carnivore. Journal of Mammalogy. 99:836-834. https://doi.org/10.1093/jmammal/gyy051 | Abstract 2018-05-31
Ausband, D.E. 2016. Gray wolf harvest in Idaho. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 40:500-505. https://doi.org/10.1002/wsb.670 | Abstract 2016-08-31
Ausband, D., and A. Moehrenschlager. 2009. Long-range juvenile dispersal and its implication for conservation of reintroduced swift fox Vulpes velox populations in the USA and Canada. Oryx. 43(1):73-77. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0030605308001622 | Abstract 2009-01-31
Name Degree Program Status Completion Date
Rebholz, Peter Master's Active
Nelson, John Master's Active
Presentations Presentation Date
Stenglein,J., C. Mack, D. Ausband, M. Mitchell, P. Zager, S. Nadeau and L. Waits. 2009. Evaluating the potential of noninvasive genetic sampling for long-term monitoring of gray wolves (Canis lupus) in Idaho. Annual Meeting, The Wildlife Society. 2009-01-01
Stenglein, J., C. Mack, D. Ausband, M. Mitchell, P. Zager, S. Nadeau, and L. Waits. 2009. Monitoring an Idaho gray wolf population: A noninvasive genetic approach. Annual Meeting, Idaho Chapter, The Wildlife Society. 2017-01-01
Sells, S., M.S. Mitchell, and D.E. Ausband. 2020. Mechanisms influencing pack size in gray wolves. Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Conference. 2020-03-01
Mitchell, M. S., D. E. Ausband, C. A. Sime, E. E. Bangs, M. Jimenez, C. M. Mack, T. J. Meier, M. S. Nadeau, and D. W. Smith. 2007. Influence of pack size, demography, and human-caused mortality on breeding pairs of wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains. Annual Meeting, Montana Chapter, The Wildlife Society. 2007-02-10
Loonam, K., H. Robinson, D.E. Ausband. 2019. Time to event density estimation of low density species with remote cameras. Idaho TWS conference. 2019-03-21
Loonam, K., D. Ausband, P. Lukacs, M. Mitchell, and H. Robinson. 2019 Wildlife Society Conference. Counting Cougars: Density Estimates of Unmarked, Low Density Populations with Camera Traps. Reno, NV. 2019-09-29
Loonam, K. H. Robinson, D.E. Ausband. 2019. Time to event density estimation of low density species with remote cameras. Montana TWS conference. 2019-02-15
Link, T., K. Strickfaden, D.E. Ausband, and A. Marshall. Locating snow refugia in complex terrain: Leveraging automated image data to adapt wildlife and habitat management practices. North American Congress for Conservation Biology. 2020-06-01
Clendenin, H.C., J. Adams, D. Ausband, P. Hohenlohe, and L. Waits. 2019. Comparing SNPs and Microsatellites for Gray Wolf Sibship Reconstruction. Idaho TWS conference 2019-03-21
Ausband, D.E. Monogamy; It’s Complicated. Breeding Strategies in Gray Wolves. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference, Reno NV. 2019. 2019-09-28
Ausband, D.E. 2020. Monogamy; It's Complicated. Breeding strategies in gray wolves. Annual Meeting of the Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society , Moscow, Idaho. 2020-03-16
Ausband, D.E. 2018. Ten years after wolf harvest: What do we know? Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society 2018-03-01
Ausband, D.E. 2017. What we thought we knew about wolf harvest was wrong. IDFG In-Service Training School 2017-05-01
Ausband, D.E. 2017. Harvest and group effects on pup survival in gray wolves. Wildlife Society Annual Conference. 2017-09-01
Ausband, D.E. 2017 Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society. "Gray wolf harvest in Idaho" 2017-03-01
Ausband, D.E. 2016. Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society. "Effects of harvest on recruitment and wolf pack structure" 2016-03-01
Ausband, D.E. 2016 Ecology Series Seminar, Humboldt State University. "Carnivore conservation in a complex world: from the Tribes to Feds to States". Invited speaker 2016-09-01
Ausband, D.E. 2015. Montana Chapter of the Wildlife Society. “Survival and recruitment of gray wolf pups before and after harvest” 2015-02-01
Ausband, D.E. 2015. Idaho Chapter of the Wildlife Society. “Survival and recruitment of gray wolf pups before and after harvest” 2015-03-01
Ausband, D.E. 2014. North American Congress for Conservation Biology. "Carnivore conservation and Native American Tribes: tools for now". 2014-07-01
Ausband, D.E. 2014. American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, Northern Rocky Mountain Branch Science Group. “What we know – and don’t know – about the wolves in your backyard” Invited speaker 2014-06-01
Ausband, D.E. 2013. Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. “Home alone: influence of individual, pack, and environmental variation on pup attendance behavior in gray wolves” 2013-02-01
Ausband, D.E. 2013. Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society . “Home alone: influence of individual, pack, and environmental variation on pup attendance behavior in gray wolves” 2013-03-01
Ausband, D.E. 2012. University of Montana Research Spotlight. “Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf when you can howl back?” Invited speaker and panelist 2012-01-30
Ausband, D.E. 2011. Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society “How to trick a wolf: manipulating pack movements with biofencing” 2011-04-01
Ausband, D.E. 2011. Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. “How to trick a wolf: manipulating pack movements with biofencing” 2011-02-01
Ausband, D.E. 2011. Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society. “Developing gray wolf population monitoring techniques” 2011-03-01
Ausband, D.E. 2011. Animal Grantmakers Conference. How to trick a wolf: using a biofence to manipulate wolf movements” Invited speaker and panelist 2011-03-01
Ausband, D.E. 2010. Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society “Reintroducing swift foxes to the Blackfeet Reservation” 2010-02-01
Ausband, D.E. 2009. Wildlife Society Annual Conference. “Developing gray wolf population monitoring techniques” 2009-09-01
Ausband, D.E. 2009. North American Carnivores Conference. “Developing gray wolf population monitoring techniques” 2009-10-01
Ausband, D.E. 2008. North American Wolf Conference. “Developing wolf population monitoring methods: a research update” 2008-04-01
Ausband, D.E. 2008. Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society. “Developing wolf population monitoring methods: a research update” 2008-03-01
Ausband, D.E. 2007. Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. ”Developing a framework for monitoring wolves in Idaho” 2007-02-01
Ausband, D.E. 2007. Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society. ”Developing a framework for monitoring wolves in Idaho” 2007-03-01
Ausband, D.E. 2006. Swift Fox Conservation Team Meeting. “Assessing the success of swift fox reintroductions on the Blackfeet Reservation” 2006-04-01
Ausband, D.E. 2005. Swift Fox Conservation Team Meeting. “Assessing the success of swift fox reintroductions on the Blackfeet Reservation” 2005-04-01
Ausband, D.E. 2005. Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society . “Assessing the success of swift fox reintroductions on the Blackfeet Reservation” 2005-02-01
Ausband, D.E. 2004. Montana Chapter of The Wildlife Society. “Snowshoe hare habitat use after forest thinning in northwest Montana” 2004-02-01
Ausband, D.E. 2003. University of Montana Undergraduate Research Conference. “Snowshoe hare habitat use after forest thinning in northwest Montana” 2003-05-01
Ausband, D. E., and M. S. Mitchell. 2009. Developing gray wolf population monitoring techniques. Annual Meeting, The WIldlife Society. 2009-09-21