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

New Mexico Staff Member


James W Pitman

James Pitman with elk calf in Gila National Forest, New Mexico

Email: jwpitman@nmsu.edu

Biography

I am originally from Louisiana. I received a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation from Louisiana Tech University. While working on my bachelor’s degree, I completed several internships working with Northern bobwhites and grassland habitats in Mississippi and Oklahoma.

Research Interest

Upon graduation, I worked in Wyoming, and worked on sage grouse and raptors and as a technician on elk and wolf ecology projects in Wyoming and Alberta. I am currently working on a M.S. degree in Wildlife Sciences at New Mexico State University in the research program of Dr. James Cain. My thesis project focuses on the microhabitat selection of elk calves in the Blue Range Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Area.

Research Publications Publication Date
Tatman, N.M., S.G. Liley, J.W. Cain III, and J.W. Pitman. 2018. Effects of nutrition and calf predation on elk vital rates in New Mexico. Journal of Wildlife Management 82:1417–1428. | Download 2018-08-31
Pitman, J.W., J.W. Cain III, S.G. Liley, W.R. Gould, N.T. Quintana, and W. B. Ballard. 2014. Post-parturition habitat selection by elk calves and adult female elk in New Mexico. Journal of Wildlife Management 78:1216-1227. | Download 2014-09-30
Presentations Presentation Date
Pitman, J.W., J.W. Cain III, S.G. Liley, W.R. Gould, and N.M. Quintana. 2013. Microhabitat selection and mortality site characteristics of elk calves in areas of differing predator composition in New Mexico. 46th Joint Annual Meeting of the Arizona/New Mexico Chapters of The Wildlife Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. 2013-02-08
Pitman, J.W., J.W. Cain III, S.G. Liley, W.R. Gould, and N.M. Quintana. 2012. Micro-habitat selection and mortality site characteristics of elk calves in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area of west-central New Mexico. 19th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Portland, Oregon, USA. 2012-10-15