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Dr. Eric M. Gese


Dr. Eric Gese focuses his research on the behavior, ecology, and management of wild carnivores, with particular emphasis on coyotes, wolves, foxes, mountain lions, jaguars, polar bears, and fishers. His research projects investigate basic and applied aspects related to increasing our knowledge and understanding of predator-prey relationships, predator-predator interactions, and human-wildlife conflicts. Dr. Gese is also a Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University.

NWRC Research Project: Predator Management

Current studies include

  • Mountain lion population dynamics
  • Interactions of coyotes and kit foxes
  • Foraging ecology of mountain lions
  • Evaluating methods for monitoring wild carnivores
  • Ecology of urban coyotes
  • Use of glucocorticoids for measuring stress in carnivores
  • Behavioral plasticity and fitness of polar bears in the Beaufort Sea


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wildlife Ecology
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S., University of Texas-San Antonio, Biology

International Experience

Brazil - Foraging ecology and space use of jaguars in the southern Pantanal, Brazil

Contact Information

  • Address: Predator Research Facility, USU-BNR 163, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322-5295
  • Telephone: 435-797-2542
  • Fax: 435-797-0288

Recent Publications


Poessel S.A., S.W. Breck, K.A. Fox, and  E.M. Gese. 2015. Anticoagulant rodenticide exposure and toxicosis in coyotes (Canis latrans) in the Denver metropolitan area.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51(1):265-268.  doi: 10.7589/2014-04-116.

Wolfe, M.I., D.N. Koons, D.C. Stoner, P. Terletzky, E.M. Gese, D.M. Choate, L.M. Aubry. 2015. Is anthropogenic cougar mortality compensated by changes in natural mortality in Utah? Insight from long-term studies. Biological Conservation 182:187-196. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.12.008.


Demsey, S. J., E. M. Gese, and B. M. Kluever.  2014.  Finding a fox: an evaluation of survey methods to estimate abundance of a small desert carnivore.  PLoS ONE 9(8): e105873. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0105873.

Poessel, S.A., E.M. Gese, and J.K. Young. 2014. Influence of habitat structure and food on patch choice of captive coyotes. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 157:127-136. doi: 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.05.001.

Seidler, R.G., E.M. Gese, and M.M. Conner. 2014. Using sterilization to change predation rates of wild coyotes: A test case involving pronghorn fawns. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 154:83-92. doi: 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.02.006.

Gese, E.M., C.M. Thompson. 2014. Does habitat heterogeneity in a multi-use landscape influence survival rates and densisty of a native mesocarnivore? Plos ONE 9(6): e100500.  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0100500.

Dowd, J.L.B., E.M.Gese, and L.M. Aubry. 2014. Winter space use of coyotes in high-elevation environments: behavioral adaptations to deep-snow landscapes. Japan Ethological Society 32: 29-41. doi: 10.1007/s10164-013-0390-0.


Gese, E.M., J.L.B. Dowd, and L.M. Aubry. 2013. The influence of snowmobile trails on coyote movements during winter in high-elevation landscapes. PLoSone 8(12): e82862. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0082862.

Poessel, S. A., Gese, E.M. 2013. Den attendance patterns in swift foxes during pup rearing: varying degrees of parental investment within the breeding pair. Japan Ethological Society 31: 193-201. doi: 10.1007/s10164-013-0368-y.

Thompson C.M., Gese E.M. 2013. Influence of vegetation structure on the small mammal community in a shortgrass prairie ecosystem. Acta Theriologica 58:55-61. DOI: 10.1007/s13364-012-0098-5.


Last Modified: January 16, 2014




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