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USU Wildlife Ecologists Honored at Utah's Wildlife Society Meeting

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013

USU wildlife ecologist Patricia Cramer

USU wildlife ecologist Patricia Cramer, pictured in a wildlife culvert under U.S. Hwy 91 in Utah's Wellsville Canyon, received the 2013 Award of Merit from the Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society at the chapter's recent annual meeting.

USU doctoral student Peter Mahoney

Peter Mahoney, a USU doctoral student majoring in conservation ecology, received the Best Student Paper Award at the 2013 annual meeting of the Utah Chapter of The Wildlife Society.

Utah State University wildlife ecologists Patricia Cramer and Peter Mahoney garnered top awards at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Utah Chapter of the Wildlife Society. The gathering, themed “Basic Biology, Modern Technology: Moving Management into the 21st Century,” was held March 20-22 at Bryce Canyon National Park.

Cramer, assistant research professor in USU’s Department of Wildland Resources, received the chapter’s 2013 Award of Merit. The honor recognizes outstanding achievements of mid-career society members.

Mahoney, a doctoral student in conservation ecology, also in the Department of Wildland Resources, received the Best Student Paper Award.

Cramer’s research focuses on transportation ecology, wildlife connectivity and carnivore and ungulate movement. A nationally renowned advocate for wildlife crossings, she has conducted extensive evaluation of the effectiveness of these crossings throughout North America and developed recommendations for their construction. She was recently honored as “Professional of the Year” by the Mule Deer Foundation at the 2012 Western Hunting and Conservation Expo.

Cramer is completing a six-year collaborative study of wildlife crossings with the Utah Department of Transportation, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and USU.

“Here in Utah, we’ve led the way in demonstrating how these agencies can work together,” she says. “We’re the envy of other states.”

Mahoney, whose research focuses on conservation ecology with an emphasis on mammalian predators, placed first in the student competition with the presentation of his paper, “Find that Cache: Identifying Predation Events Through Clustered GPS Data.”

Co-authors on Mahoney’s paper were his faculty mentor Julie Young, along with WILD faculty members John Shivik and Eric Gese and student colleagues David Stoner and Sandra Cavalcanti.

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Contact: Patricia Cramer, 435-797-1289,

Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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