Shelley Spear

I am a master's student working with Dr. Cameron Aldridge in the Dept. of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ESS) and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL). 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. My current research will focus on habitat selection by White-tailed ptarmigan and abundance of alpine songbirds at Mt. Evans and Rocky Mountain National Park.