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Dr. Eric M. Gese

Dr. Eric Gese is a research wildlife biologist at the NWRC Utah Field Station. He has been conducting research on carnivores for the past 25 years. His focus has been mainly on field studies examining the ecology, behavior, and management of coyotes, wolves, foxes, and jaguars; predator-prey relationships; predator-predator interactions; and population demographics.

NWRC Research Project: Predator Management

Utah State University Faculty webpage

Current Research

  • Predation of jaguars on livestock and native prey
  • Effects of snow compaction on coyote movements
  • Sterilization of coyotes to reduce predation on pronghorn fawns
  • Coyote reproductive physiology
  • Influence of forest practices on snowshow hare abundance
  • Ecology of coyotes in the Valles Caldera, New Mexico


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wildlife Ecology, "Foraging ecology of coyotes in Yellowstone National Park"
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Ecology of coyotes in southeastern Colorado "
  • B.S., University of Texas-San Antonio, Biology

International Experience

Brazil (jaguar predation)

Contact Information

  • Address: Wildlife Services, NWRC Utah Field Station, BNR 163, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322-5295
  • Telephone: 435-797-2542
  • Fax: 435-797-0288

Recent Publications


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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