My current research focuses on small mammals in pinyon-juniper habitats across northern Arizona. Very little recent work has been conducted in this ecosystem and small mammals provide interesting systems in which to study rapid changes and perturbations. Current topics include occupancy modeling, landscape and functional genetics, and species re-distribution under differing climate change scenarios.
I am working with Dr. Carol Chambers in the NAU School of Forestry examining small mammals in PJ Woodlands. I collaborate extensively with Dr. Joseph Ganey at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Flagstaff, and
Dr. Joseph Busch at the Microbial Genetics & Genomics Center.
Genetics (Landscape Genetics and Functional Genes)
Species Distribution Modeling, Species Habitat Niche Modeling
Climate Change and species re-distribution
Martens and mustelids
1) Measuring natural selection on genotypes and phenotypes for the brush mouse (Peromyscus boylii) across northern AZ
2) Occupancy Modeling of small mammal species in northern Arizona
3) Modeling re-distribution of small mammals in response to climate change
4) Examining the effects of climate change on population connectivity of Martes americana
• PhD Student (current)
Northern Arizona University, School of Forestry 2009-present
Dissertation topics: Wildlife ecology, occupancy modeling, landscape genetics, functional genetics, and impacts of climate change on small mammals in northern Arizona.
• Master of Science, Western Washington University 2008
Huxley College of Environmental Science
Thesis topic: "Habitat relationships and Gene flow of Martes americana in northern Idaho".
• Bachelor of Science, University of Montana 2002. Major in Wildlife Biology
Tzeidle N. Wasserman
SFAz PhD Fellow
School of Forestry
Northern Arizona University
P.O. Box 15018
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Science Foundation of Arizona PhD Fellow (http://www.sfaz.org/)