Our Lab

Team Image

Jerod Merkle

Associate Professor

Team Image

Gabe Barrile

Postdoc

Team Image

Molly Caldwell

PhD Student

Team Image

Josh Layfield

MS Student

Team Image

Lucas Olson

Research Scientist

Team Image

Marie-Pier Poulin

Research Scientist

Team Image

Hannah Qualm

Undergraduate Researcher

Team Image

Ben Robb

Research Scientist

Team Image

Tucker Russell

MS Student

Team Image

Anne Scholle

PhD Student

Team Image

Jessie Shapiro

Research Scientist

Team Image

Kurt Smith

Research Scientist

Team Image

Tana Verzuh

PhD Student

Join Us

Students within the Merkle Research Group are expected to develop and apply theoretical concepts in ecology while also contributing to wildlife conservation and management. Students are also expected to participate in a team environment, present results at professional conferences and agency meetings, publish results in a timely manner in peer-reviewed scientific outlets, and assist with preparation of grant proposals.

Prospective students with experience conducting and publishing research, working in GIS, and managing and analyzing large datasets in program R are especially encouraged to inquire. Please email Dr. Jerod Merkle for more information.


*Read the Merkle Research Group’s Vision, Philosophy, Policies, and Expectations here.


*Each student in the Merkle Research Group develops a mentoring plan and updates it biannually. The mentoring plan rubric is here.

Lab Alumni

Team Image

Mike Laforge

Postdoc

Team Image

Steffen Mumme

Data Science Consultant

Team Image

Justine Becker

Postdoc

Team Image

Emily Gelzer

MS Student

Team Image

Nate Bowersock

Wildlife Data Analyst

Team Image

Becca Thomas Kuzilik

MS Student

Team Image

Mallory Lambert

MS Student

Team Image

Nathan Hough

MS Student

Team Image

Jaden Brutsman

Undergraduate Researcher