As a PhD student, I’m learning to conduct rigorous research that contributes helpful information to applied management needs and basic ecological theory. My research investigates the variation in behavior of large terrestrial mammals, the biological mechanisms driving that variation, and the ways that different behaviors affect factors ranging from individual fitness to ecological communities. My research interests stem largely from my fieldwork experiences
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