Katherine Gura is a master’s student in Dr. Anna Chalfoun’s lab studying home range size and habitat selection of Great Gray Owls during the breeding season. Prior to beginning her graduate work, Katherine conducted field research at Teton Raptor Center in Wilson, WY. As the field crew leader at Teton Raptor Center, she coordinated and conducted fieldwork for its projects on hawks, owls, eagles, sage-grouse, and song-birds investigating a variety of topics including population trends, density, nesting demographics, habitat use, movements, and prey availability. She began studying Great Gray Owls in Teton County, WY in 2013, and her master’s research through the the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is a collaboration with the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and Teton Raptor Center. With over eight years of experience studying birds in the Rocky Mountains, Katherine’s research interests revolve around applied avian research that is deeply seeded in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. During her free time, Katherine enjoys adventuring with her favorite field assistant, her pup Dipper.
Gura, K., Bedrosian, B., Mendelsohn. Synchronous Tail Molt in Great Gray Owls (Strix nebulosa). Journal of Raptor Research 51(2): 190-192.
Gura K., C.A. Adams, A. Swan, N. Ciaravella, T. Griffith, S. Patla, S. Poole, B. Bedrosian. 2017. Accuracy of call-back surveys and automated sound recorders to determine territory occupancy rates of forest owls and efficiency of recording analysis methods. Presentation at the Raptor Research Foundation Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.and at the Wyoming Wildlife Society Conference, Jackson, WY.
Gura, K., B. Bedrosian, B. Mendelsohn, S. Patla. 2016. Nighttime Call-back Detections, Nesting Demographics, and Habitat Selection of Great Gray Owls in Western Wyoming. Presentation at the Wyoming Wildlife Society Conference, Cody, WY.
Gura, K., B. Bedrosian, B. Mendelsohn. 2015. Synchronous Tail Molt in Great Gray Owls (Strix nebulosa). Poster presented at the Raptor Research Foundation Conference, Sacramento, CA.
Scholarships & Fellowships
Margaret and Sam Kelly Wildlife Research Scholarship, 2018
L. Floyd Clark Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Research Award, 2018
Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund Grant Recipient, 2018
Boyd Evison Graduate Fellow, 2018