Kevin Monteith

Kevin has been actively conducting research on large mammals since 1999 when he began his undergraduate education at South Dakota State University (SDSU). Since then, his research has taken him from the agriculturally dominated plains of eastern South Dakota to the rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada, and finally to Wyoming in 2011. Kevin obtained an MSc in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at SDSU where his research focused on the growth, development, and nutritional ecology of white-tailed deer. He then obtained a PhD in Biological Sciences at Idaho State University and conducted research on mule deer in the Sierra Nevada.Kevin’s research in the Sierra Nevada focused on the underlying effects of nutrition on the reproductive and population ecology of mule deer, with an emphasis to improving our understanding of the effects of mortality and their proximal cause on population dynamics, determining methods to estimate the level of a population with respect to nutritional carrying capacity, and the effects of nutrition on timing of life-history events.

As of 2015, Kevin is an Assistant Professor in a joint position with the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in the Department of Zoology and Physiology, after first joining the Coop Unit as a Postdoctoral Researcher in 2011. Kevin’s primary research interests include nutritional ecology and its implications for understanding growth, behavior, life-history strategies, and population dynamics of large mammals, predator-prey interactions, and the effects of harvest strategies and novel disturbance on large mammal populations.

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Professional Preparation and Appointments

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, 2011-2013.
Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.

PhD Biological Sciences, August 2011.
Idaho State University (ISU), Pocatello, Idaho

MSc Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, May 2006.
South Dakota State University (SDSU), Brookings, South Dakota

BSc Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, with highest honors, May 2003.
South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota

Academic appointments:

2015: Assistant Professor; Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.

2013-2015: Assistant Research Professor; Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.

Publications

Bowyer, R. T., J. G. Kie, D. K. Person, and K. L. Monteith. 2013. Metrics of predation: perils of predato-prey ratios. Acta Theriologica:In press.

Monteith, K. L., T. R. Stephenson, V. C. Bleich, M. M. Conner, B. M. Pierce, and R. T. Bowyer. 2013. Risk-sensitive allocation in seasonal dynamics of fat and protein reserves in a long-lived mammal. Journal of Animal Ecology 82:377-388.

Monteith, K. L., R. A. Long, V. C. Bleich, J. R. Heffelfinger, P. R. Krausman, and R. T. Bowyer. 2013. Effects of harvest, culture, and climate on trends in size of horn-like structures in trophy ungulates. Wildlife Monographs 183.

Monteith, K. L., K. B. Monteith, J. A. Delger, L. E. Schmitz, T. J. Brinkman, C. S. DePerno, and J. A. Jenks. 2012. Immobilization of white-tailed deer with Telazol, ketamine, and xylazine, and evaluation of antagonists. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:1412-1419.

Grovenburg, T. W., K. L. Monteith, R. W. Klaver, and J. A. Jenks. 2012. Predator evasion strategies of fawn white-tailed deer: shifting selective pressures. Animal Behaviour 84:59-65.

Pierce, B. M., V. C. Bleich, K. L. Monteith, and R. T. Bowyer. 2012. Top-down versus bottom-up forcing: evidence from mountain lions and mule deer. Journal of Mammalogy 93:977-988.

Monteith, K. L., V. C. Bleich, T. R. Stephenson, B. M. Pierce, M. M. Conner, R. W. Klaver, and R. T. Bowyer. 2011. Timing of seasonal migration in mule deer: effects of climate, plant phenology, and life-history characteristics. Ecosphere 2:art47. View PDF

Delger, J. A., K. L. Monteith, L. E. Schmitz, and J. A. Jenks. 2011. Preference of white-tailed deer for corn hybrids and agricultural husbandry practices during the growing season. Human-Wildlife Interactions 5:32-47. View PDF

Monteith, K. L., L. E. Schmitz, J. A. Jenks, J. A. Delger, and R. T. Bowyer. 2009. Growth of male white-tailed deer: consequences of maternal effects. Journal of Mammalogy 90:651-660. View PDF

Grovenburg, T. W., J. A. Jenks, R. W. Klaver, K. L. Monteith, D. H. Galster, R. J. Schauer, W. W. Morlock, and J. A. Delger. 2008. Factors affecting road mortality of white-tailed deer in Eastern South Dakota. Human-Wildlife Conflicts 2:48-59. View PDF

Monteith, K. L., C. L. Sexton, J. A. Jenks, and R. T. Bowyer. 2007. Evaluation of techniques for categorizing group membership of white-tailed deer. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:1712-1716. View PDF

Selected Presentations

Monteith, K. L., V. C. Bleich, T. R. Stephenson, B. M. Pierce, M. M. Conner, R. W. Klaver, and R. T. Bowyer. 2011. Timing of seasonal migration in mule deer: effects of climate, plant phenology, and life-history characteristics. Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, 24-29 June 2011 (paper).

Monteith, K. L., S. A. Kilpatrick, and M. J. Kauffman. 2011. Calf recruitment of Shiras moose in Wyoming: effects of climate? 46th North American Moose Conference and Workshop, The Viginian Lodge, Jackson, Wyoming, 23-16 May 2011 (paper).

Monteith, K. L., R. A. Long, V. C. Bleich, J. R. Heffelfinger, P. R. Krausman, and R. T. Bowyer. 2011. Size of horn-like structures in trophy ungulates: effects of climate, culture, or harvest? Annual Records Committee Meeting of the Boone and Crockett Club, Quality Inn, Clarkston, Washington. 19-21 August (invited paper).

R. T. Bowyer, J. G. Kie, D. K. Person, and K. L. Monteith. 2011. Metrics of predation: perils of predator-prey ratios. Nevada Chapter of the Wildlife Society Annual Symposium, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Reno, Nevada. 19-20 January (Keynote address).

Monteith, K. L., J. A. Jenks, R. T. Bowyer, and L. E. Schmitz. 2010. Sexual segregation in white-tailed deer: intersexual divergence in digestive function and morphology.  Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, 11-15 June 2010 (paper).

Monteith, K. B., K. L. Monteith, J. A. Jenks, L. E. Schmitz, R. T. Bowyer, and D. M. Leslie, Jr. 2010. Sex-specific variation in a nutritional index of white-tailed deer: temporal patterns? Annual meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, 11-15 June 2010 (paper).

Monteith, K. L., K. B. Monteith, J. A. Jenks, L. E. Schmitz, R. T. Bowyer, and D. M. Leslie, Jr. 2010. Fecal nitrogen as an index to diet quality: sex-specific effects. Annual meeting of the Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Owyhee Plaza Hotel, Boise, Idaho, 8-11 March 2010 (paper; Received Best Student Paper by The Wildlife Society).

Monteith, K. L., L. E. Schmitz, J. A. Jenks, J. A. Delger, and R. Terry Bowyer. 2009. Growth of male white-tailed deer: consequences of maternal effects. 16th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Monterey Convention Center, Monterey, California, 20-24 September 2009 (paper).

Delger, J. A., J. A. Jenks, and K. L. Monteith. 2008. Deer preference of corn in relation to hybrids and husbandry during the growing season. Jack H. Berryman Institute Symposium, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, 8 May 2008 (paper).

Monteith, K. L., J. A. Jenks, R. T. Bowyer, and L. E. Schmitz. 2008. Sexual segregation in white-tailed deer: intersexual divergence in digestive function and morphology. 2008 Annual Meeting of the Idaho Chapter of The Wildlife Society, The Linen Building, Boise, Idaho, 7 March 2008 (paper; Received Best Student Paper by The Wildlife Society).

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