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