Texas Tech University
Coyote genetics/population modeling and dietary habits in relation to endangered desert tortoise at Twentynine Palms, CA
Danielle graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a bachelor's in Natural Resource Conservation and has a varied background in natural resources. After working as a wildland firefighter for many years, she worked on research projects with elk in Northern California and New Mexico, gray wolves in Wyoming, and New Mexico, shorebirds, woodpeckers, and endangered tortoises in Florida, and wolverines in Montana. She is currently studying coyote gene flow and their dietary habits in the subpopulation near the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms in Southern California. Her study will assess coyote diets in this area, with particular focus on the molecular presence of tortoise DNA in coyote scat. She will also build a population estimation model with coyote DNA. Danielle hopes to specialize in canid research and is especially interested in predator-prey dynamics and spatial ecology. When she's not working, she enjoys traveling, yoga, and hiking with her pup, Radar.