Matthew J. Kauffman

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Many ungulate populations in the Rocky Mountains are predicted to respond to declining snow levels and increased drought, though in ways that remain uncertain. This project investigated how climate change may affect the abundance of Rocky Mountain ungulates, their migration patterns, the degree to which they transmit diseases to livestock, and their herbivory impact on aspen. To complete this work we brought together a team of USGS and University scientists with experience, data, and strong agency collaboration that enabled us to quantify climate impacts and deliver products useful for wildlife managers.

wildlife science, ungulate, precipitation, snow levels, drought, migration, aspen, livestock disease, quantify