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

Alex Coombs earned a BS degree in Wildlife Research & Management from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. During his time as an undergraduate, Alex worked across the country with federal agencies on multiple studies focusing on disease, carnivores, and waterfowl ecology. Alex plans… Read more

Summer Fink earned a BS degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from the University of Georgia in 2018. During and after her undergraduate degree, she worked with multiple species across the globe, including striped skunks, passerines, and large carnivores. Her goal is to pursue a graduate… Read more

Cara Ratterman earned a BS degree in Organismal Biology from Auburn University in 2018. As an undergraduate, she worked with state agencies on wild turkey management in Alabama. Since graduating, she has worked with waterbirds, wolves, and cougars across the country. Cara plans to earn a… 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 PhD work with The Ohio State University School of Environment and… 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 completed her PhD through The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources Department in 2017, conducting her research… 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.

She earned her MS with The Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources in 2019… 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

Evan Wilson earned his MS from The Ohio State University in 2012, studying the dynamics of Sarcoptic mange in the urban coyote population. 

Jennifer Thieme earned her MS from The Ohio State University studying the behavioral and reproductive consequences of predator activity to grassland birds.