Shelley Spear

I am a PhD student working with Dr. Lise Aubry in the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Department. I recently finished my MS in Ecology at CSU, working with Dr. Cameron Aldridge in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL). My emphasis for that project was looking at fine scale, local habitat and environmental factors influencing breeding bird abundance, density, and habitat selection by white-tailed ptarmigan in the alpine of Colorado. My current research will focus on the dynamics, interactions and conflicts between black bears and humans in New Jersey. Originally from Texas, I came to Colorado to pursue a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, and graduated in 2011. I have been lucky to have a variety of careers outside of the field of wildlife in law, finance, oil and gas, and environmental positions. However, my love for wildlife and ecology kept calling me back! I have had the opportunity to work on analyzing data for urban bear research, participating in black bear den work in Aspen, working on boreal toad surveys, small mammal mark-recapture analyses via live trapping, bird point-counts, elk counts, and collecting stream and precipitation samples for the Loch Vale Watershed long-term ecological research program in Rocky Mountain National Park.