I investigate how and why animals act the way they do, so I can help improve management outcomes and ecological understanding. Current research themes focus on behavior of large terrestrial mammals, including the mechanisms driving behavior and the effects of behavior on everything ranging from individual fitness to ecological communities. Specific topics include predator-prey interactions, migration ecology, and human influences on wildlife behavior and distribution.
Xu, W, K. Barker, A. Shawler, A. Van Scoyoc; J. Smith, T. Mueller, H. Sawyer, C. Andreozzi, O. Bidder, H. Karandikar, S. Mumme, E. Templin, A. Middleton. 2021. Ecology. In press. The plasticity of ungulate migration in a changing world. DOI:10.1002/ecy.3293
Loe, L.E., G. Liston, G. Pigeon, K. Barker, N. Horvitz, A. Stein, M. Forchhammer, W. Getz, et al. 2021. Global Change Biology 27, 993-1002. The neglected season: warmer autumns counteract harsher winters and promote population growth in Arctic reindeer. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15458
Barker, K., M. Mitchell, and K. Proffitt. 2019. Native forage mediates influence of irrigated agriculture on migratory behavior of elk. Journal of Animal Ecology. DOI:10.1111/1365-2656.12991
Proffitt, K., J. DeVoe, K. Barker, R. Durham, T. Hayes, M. Hebblewhite, C. Jourdonnais, P. Ramsey, J. Shamhart. 2019. A century of changing fire management alters ungulate forage in a wildfire-dominated landscape. Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research. DOI: 10.1093/forestry/cpz017
Barker, K., M. Mitchell, K. Proffitt, and J. DeVoe. 2019. Land management alters traditional nutritional benefits of migration for elk. Journal of Wildlife Management 83(1), 167-174. DOI:10.1002/jwmg.21564
DeVoe, J., K. Proffitt, M. Mitchell, C. Jourdonnais, and K. Barker. 2019. Elk forage and risk tradeoffs during the fall archery season. Journal of Wildlife Management early view. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21638
Mitchell, M., S. Sells, K. Barker, S. Bassing, S. Forshee, A. Keever, J. Goerz. 2018. Testing A Priori Hypotheses Improves the Reliability of Wildlife Research. Journal of Wildlife Management 82: 1568-1571
Sells, S., S. Bassing, K. Barker, S. Forshee, A. Keever, J. Goerz, and M. Mitchell. 2018. Increased scientific rigor will improve reliability of research and efficacy of management. Journal of Wildlife Management 82:485-494.
Coop, J., K. Barker, A. Knight, and J. Pecharich. 2014. Aspen (Populus tremuloides) stand dynamics and understory plant community changes over 46 years near Crested Butte, Colorado, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 318:1-12