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Rebecca McCaffery

I am a Research Biologist at the U.S. Geological Survey. My research focuses on wildlife population ecology, community ecology, and restoration ecology of a diverse suite of wildlife species found in the mountains and forests of the northwestern United States.

I lead FRESC's Olympic Field Station, which is nestled within Olympic National Park in Washington. I engage in cooperator-driven research with National Park Service and Tribal partners on the Olympic peninsula and throug​hout western Washington, as well as larger initiatives. My work focuses the ecology of wildlife populations as related to climate change, habitat characteristics, disease, restoration practices, and other natural and anthropogenic effects. My work spans taxonomic groups and has recently included amphibians, bats, marmots, fishers, small mammals, and ungulates. In addition to taxonomic diversity, my projects range in scope from questions related to individual populations to those examining community interactions and landscape-level processes.

Professional Experience

  • 2022-Present: USGS, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Research Biologist, Port Angeles, WA

  • 2015-2022: USGS, Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Wildlife Biologist, Port Angeles, WA

  • 2014-2015: University of Montana, Post-doctoral Research Associate, Missoula, MT

  • 2010-2011: University of Maryland, Post-doctoral Research Associate, College Park, MD

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Fish and Wildlife Biology, University of Montana, Missoula, MT (2010)

  • B.A., Biology, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR (2002)

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • North America Section President, Society for Conservation Biology (2019-2021 President Elect, 2021-2023 President, 2023-2025 Past President)

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government