Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

Research Projects and Interests

       Research in the Aldridge lab involves understanding animal-habitat relationships, with an emphasis on conservation ecology and population demography. We are addressing the effects of energy development, land-use change, and climate change on conserving wildlife populations, their habitats, and the ecosystems they inhabit. Species that we are currently studying include songbirds and small mammals, snakes and lizards, and grouse, such as white-tailed ptarmigan and sage-grouse. We also work with plant communities and exotic invasive plants, advancing our understanding of how external drivers such as climate, grazing and energy development affect plant communities. We work across spatial scales, and use statistical and empirical modeling to answer these research and conservation questions, most of which have direct applications for conservation and management of the species and their habitats. Dr. Aldridge conducts research in collaboration with a diverse team of collaborators, including scientists from the USGS Fort Collins Science Center. This unique position allows him to integrate his academic roles at the University, such as teaching and supervising graduate students, in an applied aspect, while assisting USGS and other federal agencies with research on the conservation and management of species and ecosystems. This presents some great opportunities for students to gain experience in working with a Federal Research Agency like the USGS.

  • Sage-Grouse Population Demography
  • Wildlife Conservation and Ecology
  • Endangered Species Management
  • Ornithology and Avian Ecology
  • Ecosystem Ecology in Sagebrush, Alpine, and Prairie Habitats
  • Ecological and Statistical Modelling at Landscape and Local Scales
  • Population Dynamics and Genetics
  • Population Viability Analysis
  • Decision Support for Mitigation and Restoration