David R Edmunds, Ph.D.

Dave Edmunds is an ecologist at the Fort Collins Science Center, whose research focuses on greater sage-grouse population dynamics in Wyoming and across the western United States. 

Biography

Dave Edmunds has been an Ecologist in the Ecosystem and Landscape Dynamics Research Branch at the Fort Collins Science Center since August 2020. Prior to coming to the US Geological Survey (USGS), Dave was a Research Scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) at Colorado State University (CSU) while working in cooperation with the USGS in Dr. Cameron Aldridge’s lab (2014-2020). Dave maintains his connection with CSU as an Affiliate Research Scientist in NREL.

His career began at Virginia Tech, where he earned a B.S. in Wildlife Sciences in 2002. After graduation, he moved to Wyoming where he worked as a field technician for two years assisting on research projects that focused on black and grizzly bears, mountain lions, Greater sage-grouse, and white-tailed deer. Dave obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wyoming in the Department of Veterinary Sciences in 2008 and 2013, respectively. Both degrees were under the guidance of Dr. Todd Cornish and focused on the ecology and epidemiology of chronic wasting disease in a high prevalence white-tailed deer population in southeast Wyoming.

His research interests include population dynamics, population viability analyses, wildlife disease ecology, and movement ecology. His current research is varied, but his main focus is on Greater sage-grouse population dynamics in Wyoming and across the western United States.