Jeff Manning joined the McLoughlin Lab at the University of Saskatchewan as a post-doctoral fellow in July 2013. His research focuses on predicting how ecological and anthropogenic processes affect terrestrial wildlife populations and species interactions across space and time. Jeff assists in the design of aerial sightability surveys that correct for visibility bias of caribou and incidental sightings of wolf and black bear as part of the Northern Saskatchewan Woodland Caribou Project. He also collaborates on the Sable Island Horse Project, studying factors internal and external to the horse population that determine spatially dynamic sex ratios and shape the selection landscape.
Jeff completed a B.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology at California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo (United States), with an undergraduate thesis on the effects of harvest on wolf density and space use in Alaska. After a M.S. in Wildlife Science at Oregon State University (United States) working on the demographic responses of mammals to forest management across multiple spatial scales, he received a Ph.D. in the E.O. Garton Lab at the University of Idaho (United States), focusing on the relative effects of competition, habitat selection, wolf predation, and changing climate on the dynamics of Rocky Mountain elk and mule deer populations. Jeff’s research is largely empirical, combining field experiments, observational studies, long-term cross-sectional and longitudinal datasets, and quantitative approaches to address applied problems. His former career as a professional wildlife biologist with natural resource management agencies in the United States provides perspective that helps him focus his scientific inquiry of fundamental ecological processes toward applied questions of conservation and management concern.