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
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
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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/
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
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.
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.
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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