Seth Rankins

Seth is a wildlife biologist broadly interested in applied wildlife research. He graduated from Auburn University in 2017 with a B.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology and Management. For his M.Sc., Seth studied the effect of forage quality and quantity on morphology of white-tailed deer throughout the Coastal Sand Plain ecoregion of South Texas at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His research for his Ph.D. at University of Wyoming is focused on advancing our knowledge of nutritional carrying capacity of the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep in collaboration with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

While Seth is currently working as a researcher, his past experiences has shown him the importance of providing sound scientific knowledge that balances ecological theory with information relevant to management. In the past, he has worked in the non-profit, academic, and private sectors of natural resource management. His previous work has taken Seth from the Artic circle to the U.S.-Mexico border and from the beaches of North Carolina to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. He has experience capturing and/or marking over 20 species of wildlife and has worked with species ranging from endangered and threatened eiders to overabundant deer populations. Whether he is extracting DNA in lab, banding white-winged doves, or counting large-mammals from a helicopter, Seth is happiest when his efforts are contributing to the sustainable management of our wildlife resources.


(as of 4/20/2022)

Newbolt, C. H., S. Rankin, and S. S. Ditchkoff. 2017. Temporal and sex-related differences in use of baited sites by white-tailed deer. Journal of Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 4:109–114.

Smiley, R. A., T. N. LaSharr, H. N. Abernathy, Y. N. Shakeri, R. L. Levine, S. T. Rankins, R. P. Jakopak, R. T. Rafferty, J. T. Kolek, B. L. Wagler, S. P. H. Dwinnell, T. J. Robinson, J. E. Randall, R. C. Kaiser, M. Thonhoff, B. Scurlock, T. Fieseler, G. L. Fralick, and K. L. Monteith. 2022. Biomarkers of animal nutrition: From seasonal to lifetime indicators of environmental conditions. Life 12:375.