Tabitha Graves, Ph.D.



PhD. 2012. Northern Arizona University. Dissertation Title: Spatial ecology of grizzly bears in northwestern Montana and estimating resistance to gene flow

M.S. Wildlife Biology. 2002. University of Montana

Honors B.A. German Literature with distinction. 1995. University of Wisconsin-Madison


Research Interests

I answer applied research questions at the intersection of wildlife biology, landscape ecology, and statistics. My work falls under three broad themes: (1) understand the influence of humans and associated land use impacts on wildlife distributions, densities, and related processes at local and landscape scales, (2) develop new analytical tools that address the influence of landscape features on animals at the sub-population and population scales, and (3) improve efficiency of research and monitoring through optimal study design. I have >15 years experience studying grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, elk, and the development of novel and integrated analyses of habitat use, connectivity, migration, and genetics, all very applied work.   I have also assisted with projects studying black bears, wolverines, mountain goats,  wolves, lynx, kinkajou, loons, hawks, owls, riparian vegetation, pika, and sugar pine.