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

Wyoming Staff Member

Kevin Monteith

Dr. Kevin Monteith

Phone: (307) 766 - 2322
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Kevin has been actively conducting research on large mammals since 1999 when he began his undergraduate education at South Dakota State University (SDSU). Since then, his research has taken him from the agriculturally dominated plains of eastern South Dakota to the rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and finally to Wyoming in 2011. Kevin obtained an MSc in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at SDSU where his research focused on the growth, development, and nutritional ecology of white-tailed deer. He then obtained a PhD in Biological Sciences at Idaho State University and conducted research on mule deer in the Sierra Nevada.Kevin’s research in the Sierra Nevada focused on the underlying effects of nutrition on the reproductive and population ecology of mule deer, with an emphasis to improving our understanding of the effects of mortality and their proximal cause on population dynamics, determining methods to estimate the level of a population with respect to nutritional carrying capacity, and the effects of nutrition on timing of life-history events.

Research Interest

As of 2015, Kevin is an Assistant Professor in a joint position with the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in the Department of Zoology and Physiology, after first joining the Coop Unit as a Postdoctoral Researcher in 2011. Kevin’s primary research interests include nutritional ecology and its implications for understanding growth, behavior, life-history strategies, and population dynamics of large mammals, predator-prey interactions, and the effects of harvest strategies and novel disturbance on large mammal populations.

Research Publications Publication Date
Ruprecht et al. The relationship between body condition and pregnancy in moose at their southern range limit 2016-12-31
Monteith, K.L., R.W. Klaver, K.R. Hersey, A.A. Holland, T.P. Thomas, and M.J. Kauffman. 2015. Effects of climate and plant phenology on recruitment of moose at the southern extent of their range. Oecologia 178-1137-1148. | Abstract 2015-03-31
Monteith, K.L., M.M. Hayes, M.J. Kauffman, H.E. Copeland, and H. Sawyer. Functional attributes of ungulate migration: landscape features facilitate movement and access to forage. Ecological Applications 2018-10-31
Merkle, J. et al. Spatial memory shapes migration and its benefits: evidence from a large herbivore 2019-11-30
Jones, J. and others. Winter feeding alters migration of elk in western Wyoming 2014-10-31
Jesmer, BR, JR Goheen, KL Monteith, and MJ Kauffman. State-dependent foraging alters endocrine-energy relationships in a free-ranging large herbivore 2017-12-31
Aikens, E. et al. Drought reshuffles patterns of plant phenology and diminishes the ability of a migratory ungulate to surf the green wave 2020-06-30
Name Degree Program Status Completion Date
Huggler, Katey Master's Active None
LaSharr, Tayler PhD Active None
May, Alexander Master's Active None
Aikens, Ellen PhD Active None
Hayes, Matthew PhD Active None
Presentations Presentation Date
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. 2017-03-20
Technical Publications Publication Date
2012 Final - Shiras Moose Demography Project | Download 2012-12-31
2012 Annual Report - Statewide Moose Habitat Study | Download 2013-12-31
2012 Annual Report - Shiras Moose Demography Project | Download 2012-12-31
2011 Annual Report - Shiras Moose Demography | Download 2011-12-31