Gompper Lab - Home & News

Greetings! The Gompper Lab in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri is broadly interested in fundamental and applied questions associated with vertebrate ecology and biodiversity conservation. Our research and teaching focuses on themes such as animal disease ecology, the ecology and conservation of mammals, and the ecology of free-ranging domestic animals. These themes often bridge one another. Our work combines data from field experiments and natural history observations, from laboratory analyses that may include molecular ecology, macroparasite identification, and serological assessments, and from statistical and mathematical approaches to facilitate predicting outcomes. 

October 1, 2017
Another productive meeting of The Wildlife Society, this time in Albuquerque. Great presentations by current and former students (Aniruddha Belsare, Summer Higdon, Damon Lesmeister) and by undergrads Jena Staggs and Rachel Williams who presented an update on their carnivore grassland study.

September 23, 2017
Prior to the MU-Auburn football game (blowout), a discussion of MU's and Auburn's potential roles in tiger conservation took place. Both schools look to take on students to conduct tiger research next year. Among the attendees pictured below: Gompper, Carolyn Henry (Interim Dean, MU College of Veterinary Medicine), Garnett Stokes (MU Provost), Bruce Loewenberg (MU Alum and Tigers for Tigers Champion and Benefactor), Shannon McKinley (MU Student and President, Mizzou Tigers for Tigers), Timothy Boosinger (Auburn Provost) and Shibu Jose (Director, MU School of Natural Resources).

July 30, 2017
Nice article touching on our tiger work and the role of MU and other academic institutions in tiger conservation.

July 5, 2017
We're looking for a postdoc to work on bat - WNS issues. Please see the Post-doctoral Research page

June 23 2017
After eight (maybe more?) years here as a doctoral student and then as a postdoc, Dr. Aniruddha Belsare moves on this week to take up a position at the University of Idaho's Center for Modeling Complex Interactions. Good luck Aniruddha!

June 10 2017
Two new papers on leptospirosis and on raccoon roundworm published in the past two weeks.

May 14 2017

Congratulations to Abby Williams who completed her undergraduate degree! Abby is heading to the Marine Biology MS program at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

May 5 2017

Welcome Sal Shaw and Rachel Williams as undergraduate researchers. Sal will be working with Summer Higdon on the Arkansas Spotted Skunk Project. Rachel will team up with Jena Staggs to continue work on the Prairie Fork Carnivore Community Project.

May 3 2017

It has been a busy few weeks for research presentations. Members of the lab presented nine posters at the University of Missouri’s Life Sciences Week, at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum, and at the School of Natural Resources Research Day. 


April 30 2017

Check out Matt’s op-ed on the value of a scientific perspective in today’s Columbia Tribune.

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