Gabe Barrile

Gabe graduated from Bloomsburg University, PA in 2013, majoring in Biology. His undergraduate research focused on life-history trait evolution in Fowler’s toads (Anaxyrus fowleri ) on several Atlantic Coast barrier islands. Additionally, Gabe compared time-budgeting behavior between captive and free-ranging black-handed spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi ) on the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. After graduation, he taught coastal and marine ecology at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station near Wallops Island, VA.

 

Gabe is currently a doctoral student in the Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming, based in the Department of Zoology and Physiology and the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He is broadly interested in researching the behavior, ecology, and evolution of sensitive species in order to develop effective conservation and management strategies. His current research assesses behavioral and demographic responses of amphibian populations to disease and habitat disturbance to better inform global amphibian conservation efforts.

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Publications

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Barrile, G. M., Chalfoun, A. D., and Walters, A. W. (2021). Infection status as the basis for habitat choices in a wild amphibian. The American Naturalist, 197(1), 128–137. https://doi.org/10.1086/711927

Barrile, G. M., Walters, A. W., Webster, M. E.*, and Chalfoun, A. D. (2021). Informed breeding dispersal following stochastic changes to patch quality in a pond-breeding amphibian. Journal of Animal Ecology. 00:000-000. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.13503

Barrile, G. M., Chalfoun, A. D., and Walters, A. W. (2021). Livestock grazing, climatic variation, and breeding phenology jointly shape the disease dynamics and survival in a wild amphibian. Biological Conservation, 261:109247. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109247

LeCheminant, A. G., Barrile, G. M., Albeke, S. E., and Walters, A. W. (2021). Movement dynamics and survival of stocked Colorado River Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii pleuriticus). Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. https://doi.org/10.1002/tafs.10322

 

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

Barrile, G. M., Walters, A. W., and Chalfoun, A. D. (In 2nd Review). Stage-specific environmental correlates of reproductive success in Boreal Toads (Anaxyrus boreas boreas). Journal of Herpetology.

Barrile, G. M., Chalfoun, A. D, Estes-Zumpf, W., and Walters, A. W. (In Prep). Amphibian growth and population dynamics before and after wildfire at burned versus unburned sites.

 

Selected Presentations

Barrile, G. M. Behavioral and demographic responses to environmental change in a pond-breeding amphibian. University of Wyoming. December 2020. Dissertation defense.

Webster, M. E.*, Barrile, G. M., Chalfoun, A. D., and Walters, A. W. Temporal variation in the number and area of beaver ponds in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, USA during 2006–2018. Wyoming/Colorado Chapter Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Laramie, Wyoming. February 2020. *indicates mentored presenter

Barrile, G. M., Chalfoun, A. D., and Walters, A. W. Host habitat choices provide behavioral immunity in a natural population. Wyoming/Colorado/Utah Chapter Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Laramie, Wyoming. February 2018. Best student talk award

Barrile, G. M, Walters, A. W., and Chalfoun, A. D. Host behavior and thermal profile influence infection risk in a wild amphibian population. Wyoming Chapter Meeting of The Wildlife Society. Jackson, Wyoming. November 2017. Best student talk award

Barrile, G. M. Quantitative methods for the analysis of animal movement and habitat selection. Wildlife and Rangeland Workshop. Pinedale, Wyoming. November 2016. Invited talk.

 

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