Box 490, Gardiner, Montana 59030
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Texas A & M University
College Station, Texas 77843-2258
|Linda Thurston examines a wolf-killed elk carcass for the winter study research program in Yellowstone National Park. Currently Linda is a graduate student studying the denning behavior of Yellowstone wolf packs.|
Denning Behavior of Wolves on Yellowstone's Northern Range: Male and Female Strategies
Linda Thurston received a B.S. degree in 1995 from the University of California at San Diego in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution. Her background experience includes working on research projects studying amazon parrots and black iguanas in Costa Rica, and coyotes in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Currently she is pursuing a M.S. degree from Texas A&M University in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, with an emphasis in animal behavior. She is studying behavior under ethologist Dr. Jane Packard. Spending long hours watching wolves at observation sites with high-powered scopes, Linda has collected data over three denning seasons. As well as studying wolf denning behavior, her 4-year involvement with the Yellowstone Wolf Project includes participating in predator-prey research and management operations. In the future, she would like to pursue her studies of animal behavior.
B. S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, Department of Biology, U.C. San Diego. Graduated June 1995.
M. S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University. Expected date of graduation: January 2001
Gray Wolf Recovery Project, Yellowstone National Park, Intern and Graduate Student. Assisted with management operations including capture, handling and release of gray wolves. Organized a 3-year wolf den monitoring study, coordinated up to 12 field personnel, made behavioral observations, and tracked wolves using radio-telemetry. Implemented and maintained a remote automated telemetry system for den monitoring. Assisted with other studies including predator/prey relationships and wolf-wildlife interactions that included aerial telemetry. Guided media and scientists to observe wolves. 4/96 to present
Yellowstone Ecosystem Studies, Yellowstone National Park, Field Technician. Trapped and processed coyotes in the field including radio-collaring, collecting blood, ear tagging, assisting with tooth extraction, and monitoring vitals. Administered tranquilizers, sedatives, and antibiotics. 9/99 to 10/99
Great Plains Wildlife Institute, Jackson, Wyoming, Biological Field Technician. Initiated a coyote territory mapping study using vocalization playbacks. Trained community members in data collection. Surveyed a porcupine population during winter. 1/96 to 3/96
U. C. Davis Animal Behavior Program, U. C. San Diego Biology Department, Research Assistant in Costa Rica. Assisted Ph.D. candidate studying yellow nape parrots: Captured and radio-collared parrots, took measurements, weights, and feather samples. Radio-tracked parrots and recorded behavioral data. Assisted post-doctoral student studying relationship between parasites and testosterone levels in black iguanas, including capturing, collecting blood, and marking iguanas. Determined territories and dominance hierarchies through behavioral observations. 9/94 to 12/94
Scripps Institute of Oceanography, U. C. San Diego, Lab Assistant. Maintained zooplankton collection specimens and computer database. Collected zooplankton on a 10-day research cruise in the Pacific Ocean. 11/92 to 3/93
The Buffalo Chip (8/98): Studies of Wolf Denning Behavior in Yellowstone National Park
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