Emily Almberg is a PhD candidate in the Ecology Program at Penn State University, working with her advisor, Dr. Peter Hudson, as well as Dr. Paul Cross of the US Geological Survey, Dr. Andrew Dobson at Princeton University, and Dr. Douglas Smith of the Yellowstone Wolf Project. Emily has worked in collaboration with the Yellowstone Wolf Project since 2003, first as a field technician and public liaison, and then as a master's, and now PhD student, studying the impacts of infectious disease on Yellowstone's wolf population.
The idea for "Yellowstone Wolf: Project Citizen Science" sprung from Emily's efforts to track sarcoptic mange and its impacts on Yellowstone's wolf population. While trying to sustain monthly observations of all radio-collared and uniquely identifiable individuals (which takes a huge amount of time!), Emily and her colleagues found themselves turning to visitor and professional photographers' photographs posted on various websites as a means to augment their field observations. At that point, they realized just how valuable it would be to have one place where they could collect and make use of all this extra data that visitors and wolf-watchers were collecting on a regular basis. After several encouraging conversations with field staff and the public, they decided to go for it!
Cheyenne recently completed her M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University. She received her BS degree in Zoology from UC Santa Barbara and studied abroad at the University of Western Australia. Cheyenne has a unique background for a biologist with experience as a horse trainer and veterinary technician. After completing her undergraduate degree, Cheyenne travelled extensively as a wildlife research technician ranging from the Mexico border in Arizona to the Canadian Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada and many places in between. She has worked hands-on with a variety of carnivores, ungulates, marine mammals, marsupials, and primates. Her professional interests include spatial ecology, predator-prey dynamics, threatened/endangered species conservation and management, and wildlife capture and handling. Her personal interests include hiking with her two dogs, rock climbing, backpacking, travelling, and whatever other outdoor adventures are available. If you see Cheyenne in the field, please stop and say hi!