JOHN F. BENSON

Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Ecology, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska

Adjunct Professor, Trent University, Ontario, Canada

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email: jbenson22@unl.edu

Education:

  • Ph.D., Ecology & Conservation Biology, Trent University
  • M.S., Wildlife Ecology, Louisiana State University
  • B.S., Wildlife, Humboldt State University
Research Interests:

Wildlife population dynamics, animal behavior, small population biology, predator-prey dynamics, hybridization & inbreeding dynamics, conservation

I have conducted research on wildlife populations across North America studying wolves, mountain lions, black bears, coyotes, moose, mule deer, bighorn sheep, white sharks, and many other species. I am motivated by a desire to inform conservation and management of wildlife populations and wild places – and by a fascination with the natural world. My work combines population, behavioral, molecular, and landscape ecology as I attempt to understand factors influencing individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. As a lab we conduct intensive field studies around the world, asking questions grounded in theoretical ecology and using quantitative approaches to achieve practical outcomes and contribute to greater understanding of basic ecology.

jbenson22@unl.edu