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Book Review: ‘Extreme Conservation’ in the Most Hostile Places on Earth. By Simon Worrall, National Geographic, 28 September 2018.



Interview: The ‘Bloody Business’ of Wildlife Conservation. By Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic. 2 September 2018.



Book Review: Extreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World. By Hue Lewis-Jones, Nature. 14 August 2018. 




Book Review: Extreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World. By Tim Flannery, The New York Review of Books. 16 August 2018. 



Commentary: Conservationists can work with Zinke to protect wildlife corridors.  The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 August 2018

“The Path of the Pronghorn can serve as a road map to achieve Zinke’s goal for more big game protected corridors… It is critical to see landscapes through the eyes of animals while ensuring that both local people and the public at large have voices.”

Commentary: Respecting our elders should never grow old: The Salt Lake Tribune, February 3, 2018“Only hubris prevents us from a belief that we can learn from older individuals and species whose longevity across time and space exceeds ours. “


Media coverage of our new paper published in Scientific Reports dealing with off-shore climate challenges impacting species on land. 

The New York Times, January 18, 2018

The Atlantic, January 18, 2018

Earther, January 19, 2018

CBC News, January 22, 2018

KTOO Alaska Public Radio, January 30, 2018


Mountain Goats on Your Trail? They Like You, and Your Urine: The New York Times, August 13, 2017

“…where there were people, there was pee. Combined, these phenomena afford mountain goats two prized essentials: safety and salt.”


To Understand the Elusive Musk Ox, Researchers Must Become Its Worst Fear: Smithsonian, August 2, 2017

“We can’t do conservation if we don’t know what the problems are, and we don’t know what the problems are if we don’t study them.” Read more here.

Watch one scientist’s unorthodox approach to getting ‘inside the mind of a musk ox’: Science Friday, June 4, 2017

An interview with Ira Flatow (Science Friday) and the related story can be found here.


Bear in Mind the Muskox: Science Friday, May 17, 2017

This video shows how I study muskox responses to predators using animal models. Understanding 1) how muskox respond when confronting different predators and 2) whether that response changes as a function of having males in a group, provides insight into how muskox may respond to changing predator regimes, as well as the consequences of harvest. See video here.

Commentary: Dogs are man’s best friend — but one of wildlife’s worst foes: The Washington Post, March 24, 2017

“Domesticated dogs kill thousands of wild animals and livestock every month… Globally, dogs have caused about 10 extinctions and continue to threaten another 150 species.”

Commentary: The Hidden Cost Of Cashmere: Forbes, Feb. 16, 2017

“For the people of central Asia and the Mongolian steppes, cashmere is both heritage and lifeblood.” However, the cashmere trade has impacts on native wildlife that are excluded from forage. Solutions may require both local efforts and cooperation with the fashion industry. Read more here.

Commentary: Scientist at work: Tracking muskoxen in a warming Arctic: The Conversation, Feb. 12, 2017

An op-ed on my research in the Arctic. “Cold-adapted species have figured out how to survive across thousands of generations. To dampen climatic challenges, we humans need to modify our behavior in a far shorter time frame.” Read more here.

Colorado push to test “predator control” by killing lions and bears faces barrage from CSU scientists, conservation groups: The Denver Post, Dec. 16, 2016

“We find it surprising that CPW’s own research clearly indicates that the most likely limiting factors for mule deer are food limitation, habitat loss and human-induced disturbance – not predators.” When wildlife policy does not reflect science, it’s the role of scientists to speak. Read more here.

Commentary: Silent soldiers of the extreme, or why I’m glad I’m not a wild yak: Mongabay, November 22, 2016

“They are unsung, mostly unstudied, existing in the shadows — hidden by high elevations, deep snow, daunting deserts, and in our lack of knowledge and indifference.” Read more here.


“With more stranded of polar bears not making it out onto the ice and becoming landlocked, we know that they occasionally — only occasionally — prey on land mammals. We figured that this could be a new dynamic and we wanted to understand it a little bit better.” Read more here.

Commentary: The Unlikely Diplomats:   U.S.News, Jan. 8, 2016

A review of the positive impact muskoxen research is having on wildlife and climate science as well as diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Russia. Read more here