The Starkey Team
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Forestry and Range Sciences Lab
1401 Gekeler Lane
La Grande, OR 97850
Michael Wisdom, Ph.D., Team Leader
Mike has worked on ungulate research and management issues
in western North America during the past 30 years, including
work for the Starkey Project over the past 25 years. His
primary focus is on landscape ecology, disturbance ecology,
and effects of human activities in relation to ungulates
and other wildlife.
Marty Vavra, Ph.D., Research Wildlife Biologist
Marty’s research emphases include the effects of ungulates
on the processes, structure and composition of plant communities
and ecosystems; nutritional ecology of ungulates; livestock/wildlife
relationships; ungulate behavior; livestock grazing management;
and the influences of disturbance, forest and range management
practices on ungulates. He has had 40 years of experience
working in Eastern Oregon.
Mary Rowland, Wildlife biologist
Mary's current research focuses on development
and validation of resource selection models for elk during
summer in Washington
and Oregon .
The models incorporate telemetry and other data from the
Starkey Project for both model training and validation. Other
research interests include 1) effects of human disturbance,
especially roads and traffic, on deer and elk, 2) threats
assessment in sagebrush ecosystems, and 3) development of
habitat monitoring protocols. Mary began working with the
Starkey Project in 1992. She has a B.S. degree in zoology
from Duke University and a M.S. degree in wildlife biology
from Colorado State University.
Brian Dick, Starkey Area Manager
Currently Brian is in charge of field operations for Starkey
Project research, and management of the Starkey Experimental
Forest and Range. His education includes a B.S. in Wildlife
Management from Humboldt State and a M.S. in Range Science
from Utah State. Before joining the Starkey Project in 1992,
he worked for Nevada BLM.
Cheryl Borum, Information Technology Specialist
Cheryl heads up the GPS tracking system used on the Starkey
Project. She has worked for the Starkey Project since 1987
and is part of the newly formed Data Team, which is responsible
for managing the Project data. Cheryl earned her B.S. in
Animal Science from Oregon State University, and worked 4
years as the Assistant Editor for the Journal of Animal Science.
Ryan Kennedy, Range Technician
Ryan has worked for the Starkey Project since 1987 and assists
with wildlife trapping, winter feed ground operations, building
and fence construction and maintenance, and vegetation monitoring.
He received his B.S in Rangeland Management from Oregon State
Dennis Rea, Carpenter
Dennis assists with building and fence construction and
maintenance, wildlife trapping, winter feeding, and anything
else that needs to get done. He has worked for the Starkey
Project since the early 2000’s.
Jennifer Boyd, Biological Technician
As a technician, Jen works with field crews, GIS
analysis, database management, and telemetry/GPS management
She has worked on a variety of projects and subject areas
at Starkey and surrounding areas such as; entomology, amphibian,
ungulate, botany, recreation, hunting, and herbivory. She
is currently working on a regional project for modeling
elk forage nutrition and elk habitat selection.
Bridgett Naylor, Geographer
Bridgett’s primary focus is on developing and utilizing
geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies
to support the Starkey Project and more specifically support
vegetation/ungulate interactions, invasive plant, and fire
research. Her work includes compiling and generating geospatial
layers, conducting spatial analysis, and designing and developing
databases to support many Starkey projects. Additionally,
she helps manage and organize field data collection efforts,
including incorporating data generated with global positioning
systems (GPS). Bridgett has worked for the Starkey Project
since 2001 and she received her B.A. in Physics and Environmental
Studies from Whitman College.
Catherine Parks, Ph.D., Research Ecologist
Bryan Endress, Ph.D., Plant Ecologist
Tim Delcurto, Ph.D.
Ryan Limb, Ph.D.
John Cook, Ph.D.
Rachel Cook, Ph.D.
Bruce Johnson, Ph.D.
Pricilla Coe, Wildlife Biologist
Scott Finholt, Ph.D., Wildlife Biologist
Greg Davidson, Wildlife Biologist
Nigel Seidel, GIS Specialist
Bob Riggs, Ph.D.
Haiganoush Preisler, Ph.D.
Alan Ager, Ph.D.
John Kie, Ph.D.
Terry Bowyer, Ph.D.
Kelley Stewart, Ph.D.