Mills Lab welcomes new Postdoc and lab alumnus Dr. Ellen Cheng

After spending the past three years in Bhutan working as a research faculty member at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment, Dr. Ellen Cheng – Scott’s former PhD student from the University of Montana – has returned to the U.S.  She will be joining us for the next three months to work with Scott and complete and publish three papers on the snowshoe hare research she conducted for her doctoral work.

Their first paper examines how wildfires in Glacier National Park affect distribution and abundance of snowshoe hares, and how this in turn affects the distribution of lynx in the Park, while their second paper asks if non-invasive genetic sampling (NGS) could be cost-effective for estimating the population size of relatively abundant species. The third paper they are working on tests various hypotheses about the mechanisms underlying the synchronized population dynamics of snowshoe hares.

If you are interested to learn more, you can find Ellen’s contact information on her lab webpage.

We are excited to have her back with the group in the meantime!