Researchers

Dr. Stanley D. Gehrt is the Principal Investigator of the Cook County Coyote Project, having initiated the study in 2000. As Chair of the Center for Wildlife Research at the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, he directs a variety of research projects both at the Foundation and around the country.… Read more

Chris Anchor has been a long-term partner, supporter, and teacher with the Cook County Coyote Project. When he began with the project in 2000, it was already in a way running based on years of observations from him and others from his team at the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, IL.… Read more

Dr. Seth Newsome began collaborating with the Cook County Coyote Project in 2010, initiating a new avenue for research. He has extensive experience as an animal ecologist around the globe and uses his unique background to identify energy flow through ecological communities. Key to his research… Read more

Dr. Hance Ellington joined the Cook County Coyote Project in the fall of 2015. He earned his PhD from Trent University, examining individual and population-level drivers of coyote space use. He specializes in movement ecology, population demographics, and ecological data synthesis. He brings his… Read more

Shane McKenzie, a Chicago-area native, earned his BS degree from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, majoring in Forest Resource Management and minoring in Environmental Studies. He has worked on several wildlife projects across the country focusing on carnivore ecology. Shane started… Read more

Originally from WI, Andy Burmesch graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in May 2010, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Wildlife Research and Management. He enjoys working with a variety of wildlife, with special emphasis on mammals. The opportunity to work with coyotes… Read more

Originally from Maryland, Steven earned a Bachelor's of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Delaware in 2016. Since then, he has joined several federal, state, and private agencies on research projects around the United States and abroad, dealing with wolf and… Read more

Lauren Ross earned a BS degree in Wildlife Science and Conservation Ecology from New Mexico State University in 2010. Since graduating she has worked with multiple species across the country and in Africa. Her goal is to pursue a masters degree in wildlife conservation with a focus on carnivore… Read more

Katie Robertson earned a BS degree in Zoology with a minor in Biotechnology from North Carolina State University in 2012. As an undergraduate, she participated in a variety of wildlife research projects that prepared her for her current PhD work with The Ohio State University School of… Read more

Ashley Wurth graduated from Colorado State University in 2013 with a BS in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Science and a BS in Equine Science. She is currently working on her PhD through The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources Department, conducting her research… Read more

Evan Wilson has been long involved with the coyote research program. Having plenty of field experience prior to beginning at McGraw, he started with our project as a technician and "ended" with a MS degree, investigating the presence of sarcoptic mange in the coyote population. He then spent… Read more

Heidi Garbe is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, first majoring in biology before earning her BS in Animal Science.She has been involved with a broad range of animals in many fields from domestics to exotics, coordinating multiple projects and elevating standards in… Read more

Dr. Jean Dubach has provided genetic research support to the Cook County Coyote Project for many years. Her research interests are broad but include looking at parasitology as it relates to genetics. She currently operates her conservation genetics lab within the Loyola University Hospital… Read more

Gretchen graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a BS in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation. As a MS student with The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources, her research… Read more