Gese, Eric

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
     

 Education
 

  • 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

2016

Blake, L.W. and E.M. Gese. 2016. Resource selection by cougars: Influence of behavioral state and season. Journal of Wildlife Management 80(7):1205-1217.  doi: 10.1002/jwmg.21123

Kluever, B.M. and E.M. Gese. 2016. Spatial response of coyotes to removal of water availability at anthropogenic water sites. Journal of Arid Environments 130:68-75. doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2016.03.009  

Kluever, B. M., E.M. Gese, and S.J. Dempsey. 2016. The influence of wildlife water developments and vegetation on rodent abundance in the Great Basin Desert. Journal of Mammalogy 97(4):1209-1218.  doi: 10.1093/ jmammal/gyw077

Gese, E.M., P.A. Terletzky and S. M.C. Cavalcanti. 2016. Identification of kill sites from GPS cluster for jaguars (Panthera onca) in the southern Pantanal, Brazil.  Wildlife Research 43(2):130-139.  doi:10.1071/WR15196  

Lonsinger, R.C., E.M. Gese, R.N. Knight, T.R. Johnson, and L.P. Waits. 2016. Quantifying and correcting for scat removal in noninvasive carnivore scat surveys. Wildlife Biology 22:45-54.  doi: 10.2981/wlb.00179  

Wolfe, M.L., E.M. Gese, P. Terletzky, D.C. Stoner, and L.M. Aubry. 2016. Evaluation of harvest indices for monitoring cougar survival and abundance. Journal of Wildlife Management 80(1):27-36.  doi: 10.1002/jwmg.985

Gese, E.M., B.M. Roberts, and F.F. Knowlton. 2016. Nutritional effects on reproductive performance of captive adult female coyotes (Canis latrans).Animal Reproduction Science 165:69-75.  doi: 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2015.12.009

2015

Gese, E.M., F.F. Knowlton, J.R. Adams, K. Beck, T.K. Fuller, D.L. Murray, T.D. Steury, M.K. Stoskopf, W.T. Waddell, L.P. Waits. 2015. Managing hybridization of a recovering endangered species: The red wolf Canis rufus as a case study. Current Zoology 61(1):191-205.  

Lonsinger, R.C., E.M. Gese, and L.P. Waits. 2015. Evaluating the reliability of field identification and morphometric classifications for carnivore scats confirmed with genetic analysis. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39(3):593-602.  doi: 10.1002/wsb.549  

Dempsey, S.J., E.M. Gese, B.M. Kluever, R.C. Lonsinger, and L.P. Waits. Evaluation of scat deposition transects versus radio telemetry for developing a species distribution model for a rare desert carnivore, the kit fox. PloS One 10(10): e0138995.  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138995

Gese, E.M. and P.A. Terletzky. 2015. Using the "placeholder" concept to reduce genetic introgression of an endangered carnivore. Biological Conservation 192:11-19.  doi: 10.1016/jbiocon.2015.09.003

Lonsinger, R.C., E.M. Gese, S.J. Dempsey, B.M. Kluever, T.R. Johnson, and L.P. Waits. 2015. Balancing sample accumulation and DNA degradation rates to optimize noninvasive genetic sampling of sympatric carnivores. Molecular Ecology Resources 18:831-842. doi:10.1111/1756/0998.12356

Kluever, B.M., E.M. Gese,  and S.J. Dempsey. 2015. The influence of road characteristics and species on detection probabilities of carnivore faeces. Wildlife Research 42:75-82.  doi: 10.1071/WR14244

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.

2014

Dempsey, 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.

2013

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.

 

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