Colby Anton, PhD Candidate

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem offers unique opportunities to study a complex, nearly intact system that hosts a suite of top predators and their prey. Differences in carnivore community structure create distinctive responses throughout the trophic web. My research examines the diverse relationships between pumas, wolves and their main prey, rocky mountain elk, within the Northern Range of Yellowstone National Park. In conjunction with utilizing non-invasive genetic sampling to estimate puma population parameters, I seek to explore novel collar technologies to measure changes in large carnivore movement and predatory behaviors.  I am also interested in how noninvasive genetic sampling can be used to monitor multiple sympatric species and inform management across jurisdictional boundaries.