Patrick Rodgers

Patrick Rodgers

Patrick Rodgers

Born and raised in Wyoming as the son of a wildlife filmmaker, I developed a keen interest in wildlife and vast, western ecosystems. This interest has transformed over the years through my participation in research projects on a wide range of species: raptors, prairie dogs, grizzly bears, and pronghorn to name a few. I earned my BS in Zoology from the University of Wyoming in 2014 and was named the outstanding graduating male senior of my class. I immediately started working at Western Ecosystems Technology (WEST), Inc. in Laramie under Hall Sawyer, PhD, where I primarily study impact analysis and migration ecology. As a graduate student, my specific research interest is how landscape and anthropogenic factors affect behavior and movement of wild ungulates. The aim of my current research project is to identify migratory behaviors of male mule deer, for the first time, relative to their female counterparts. I am also interested in the effect of hunting onset on autumn migration in this species. I spend my free time trail running, mountain biking, nordic skiing, hunting, fishing, and just about any outdoor activity I can get my hands on.

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Professional Preparation and Appointments

2014 – present         Wildlife Research Technician. Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. (WEST)

2016 – present         Graduate Student Research Assistant. Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (WY COOP)

2016 – present         Graduate Research Assistant. Wyoming Migration Initiative (WMI)

Publications

Sawyer, H., P. Rodgers, and T. Hart. 2016. Pronghorn and mule deer use of underpasses and overpasses along US Highway 191. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 

Selected Presentations

Rodgers, P.A., T.W. Mong, M.J. Kauffman, and H. Sawyer. 2016. Mule Deer Migratory Behavior: A Comparison of the Sexes. Poster presentation to the Wyoming Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Annual Meeting, Cody, WY.

Rodgers, P.A., T.W. Mong, M.J. Kauffman, and H. Sawyer. 2017. Mule Deer Migratory Behavior: A Comparison of the Sexes. Oral presentation to the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Annual Meeting, Laramie, WY. Video of presentation.

Rodgers, P.A., T.W. Mong, M.J. Kauffman, and H. Sawyer. 2018. Male Mule Deer Migratory Behaviors and the Effect of Hunting Onset on Autumn Migration. Oral presentation to the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. Annual Meeting, Laramie, WY.

Scholarships & Fellowships

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. WMI article on award

2014 Tobin Memorial Award: Outstanding Graduating Male Senior at the University of Wyoming

Fredrick E. Clements Scholarship in Ecology