MEGAN DUDENHOEFFER (SHE/HER/HERS)
My research interests are extensive: invasive species, food-webs, climate change, trophic and competitive interactions, and population dynamics. I broadly describe myself as a community ecologist and mammalogist. My personal and professional interests are rooted in nature and include fishing, hiking, camping, picking up animal poop, identifying mushrooms, and asking questions about natural processes and patterns.
During my bachelor’s degree at University of Wyoming, I became involved in many wildlife research projects, based both in Wyoming and internationally. For my undergraduate research project, I studied the dispersal of an invasive cactus species (Opuntia stricta) by olive baboons (Papios anubis) and gerbils (Gerbilliscus robustus) in Laikipia, Kenya. During my masters at University of Manitoba, I investigated Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) winter dietary response to damped lemming (Dicrostonyx richardsoni) cycles using fecal DNA. After my masters, I returned to University of Wyoming as a research assistant for the Wildlife Genomics and Disease Ecology lab where I was involved with all lab projects including elk chronic wasting disease, black bear and Southern California mountain lion population genetics, and hummingbird haemoparasites.
My PhD research will focus on snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) dynamics on archipelagos in Lake Superior. I am fascinated by the distribution, connectivity, and population dynamics of snowshoe hare on islands. I look forward to further developing my research interests in the context of island ecosystems so stay tuned!
personal website: https://megandudenhoeffer.weebly.com/