Lab Member Spring 2006 – Fall 2007
Julie Young was a postdoctoral researcher in the Gerber lab. Her research focused on behavior, ecology, and management of carnivores. Her current research utilizes wild and captive carnivore populations to understand and reduce human-wildlife conflict. She is a Supervisory Research Wildlife Biologist with the Predator Research Field Station for the National Wildlife Research Center (USDA-WS) with an appointment as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University.
While in the Gerber lab, she published on the topics of reproductive behavior of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), intrasexual behavior of territorial male sea lions, human impact on sea lion birth rates, and investigating non-invasive methods of demographic monitoring and gauging population metrics. She studied spatial and behavioral ecology of large mammals, behavioral effects of relatedness, and how human disturbance impacts stress levels in California sea lions. Her doctoral research focused on spatial ecology of coyotes, specifically how food dispersion affects coyote space use and territorial behavior. For her M.Sc., she evaluated territorial fidelity of male guanacos, and also evaluated behavior of territorial males to determine if females use male behavioral traits in secondary mate choice selection.