Cameron Aldridge

White-tailed Ptarmigan on Mt. Evans
Ferruginous Hawk
Sage-grouse egg clutch
Sage-grouse camouflage in rocks
Male sage-grouse displaying for mates

Aldridge Lab Members

David Edmunds, Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

I am a research scientist working with Dr. Cameron Aldridge (CSU) and a team of collaborators including Dr. Dan Manier (USGS).  My career began at Virginia Tech, where I earned a B.S. in wildlife sciences in 2002 and I also learned valuable field skills working on a graduate student’s black bear research project.  After graduation I moved to Wyoming, where I worked as a field technician for two years studying black and grizzly bears, mountain lions, Greater sage-grouse, and white-tailed deer.  I transitioned from a field technician to a Master’s degree student at the University of Wyoming (Dept. of Veterinary Sciences) working on the white-tailed deer project in 2004.  I finished my M.S. degree in 2008 and began my Ph.D. work on the same project, which I finished in 2013.  My M.S. and Ph.D. work focused on the ecology and epidemiology of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a high prevalence white-tailed deer population in southeast Wyoming.  My research interests include wildlife disease ecology, population dynamics, movement ecology, and population viability analyses.  My current research is focused on Greater sage-grouse ecology and population dynamics. CV_Edmunds_10-2017

Danny Martin, PhD Student, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

I am working with Dr. Cameron Aldridge and Dr. Larissa Bailey to investigate environmental drivers of changes in reptile distributions in the Great Plains. I was employed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife for almost 7 years prior to starting my PhD in 2011. My research interests include habitat degradation/fragmentation, animal movement and habitat use, survey and monitoring methods, citizen science, and species distributions – all as they relate to conservation and land management. I am currently a Co-Chair of the Colorado Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and served for 4 years as Director-at-Large of the Horned Lizard Conservation Society.

Adrian Monroe, Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

I work with Dr. Cameron Aldridge and a team of collaborators including Dr. Dan Manier (USGS) studying Sage-grouse and sagebrush systems. I received a BS in Biology from the College of William and Mary, and went on to study wintering grassland birds in tallgrass prairie under Dr. Tim O’Connell at Oklahoma State University, where I completed my MS degree in 2010. I then pursued a PhD at Mississippi State University under Drs. Sam Riffell and James Martin, where I studied grassland birds in exotic and native warm-season pastures, finishing my dissertation in 2014. My research interests include using hierarchical models to answer questions on avian distribution and population dynamics, with applications for conservation and management. I am also interested in evaluating ecological and economic implications of agricultural practices.  Learn more about my research projects and involvement as a 2015-2016 Sustainability Leadership Fellow at:

Nick Van Lanen, PhD Student, NREL, Colorado State University

I grew up in Wisconsin and graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002. I have worked on avian research projects in seven U.S. states spanning a variety of topics including breeding, stop-over, migratory, and wintering population status and behavior of songbirds, raptors, and gamebirds since 2001. In addition, I spent eighteen months as an interpretive naturalist on the Georgia coast. I returned to school in 2008 and in the spring of 2010 received a M.S. from Colorado State University for research investigating the potential competitive interaction between Northern Spotted and Barred Owls. After graduate school I started working for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies as a full-time Biologist where I continue to work today. My Biologist duties at the Bird Conservancy include program development, conservation delivery, data analyses, and reporting, while I oversee the Bird Conservancy’s avian monitoring efforts throughout Wyoming and in Idaho. I joined Dr. Cameron Aldridge’s lab in the fall of 2016 with the hope of obtaining a PhD in Ecology while exploring bird-habitat relationships for avian species occurring in the pinyon-juniper and sagebrush ecotone. Through this effort, I hope to develop a landscape-scale management plan to maximize both sagebrush-obligate and pinyon-juniper-associated species throughout the range of the Greater Sage-grouse.

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