Our Team

Michel Kohl – PI

Dr. Kohl is an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management and Wildlife Extension Specialist in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. His research broadly focuses on spatial ecology, the fitness consequences of spatial behavior, and the implications of those behaviors for the conservation and management of wildlife.  For more details, his C.V. can be found here.

Michel is originally from the Ft. Peck Sioux and Assiniboine Reservation of northeastern Montana. Since leaving home, he has worked on a diverse range of species including bison, elk, wolves, cougars, sage-grouse, forest grouse, white-tailed deer, and most recently, black bears.

Fun Fact: Michel graduated with a whopping 6 kids in his high school class!

Current Students

Jennifer Brown (MS Student)

Jen will be joining us in Fall 2021 to study spatial and temporal changes in resource selection of black vultures. She will also be evaluating the effects of USDA Wildlife Services actions on vulture-livestock depredation.

Originally from Coventry, RI, Jen graduated with her B.S. in wildlife science from SUNY-ESF in 2021. Since graduation she has worked on mapping suitable habitat for ruffed grouse in New York State with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

Fun Fact: One of Jennifer’s favorite pastimes is stargazing!

Cat Carter (MS Student)

Cat joined our group in Fall 2020 to study the impacts of a new dog hunt on black bear movement, home range, and demography in the North Georgia mountains. Deploying GPS collars and both hunting dogs and bears, this is the first study of its kind in the southeastern United States.

Originally from Thompson’s Station, TN, Cat graduated with her B.S. in Wildlife Management from the University of Tennessee in 2019. Since that time she had been working with the Georgia Division of Wildlife Resources as a black bear technician helping get her MS project up off the ground.

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Summer Fink (PhD Student)

Summer will be joining us in Fall 2021 as both a Warnell Graduate Fellow and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow to study human-wildlife interactions, coyote space use, and mesocarnivore occurrence across Atlanta, Ga. She will be using her results to create and distribute outreach materials to communities across Atlanta.  

Originally from Boydton, VA, Summer graduated with her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from the University of Georgia in 2018. Prior to joining our group, she was a Lead Technician with the Urban Coyote Research Project in Chicago, Illinois. Her work in Chicago has helped lay a strong foundation for her graduate work at UGA.  

Fun Fact: Her favorite field snack is a peanut butter and pickle sandwich (sweet petites ONLY).

Casey Morrow (MNR Student)

Casey joined the lab group in Fall of 2020 to pursue a Master of Natural Resources. Over the next year, she will be working on a variety of extension and outreach projects including developing educational material for urban wildlife in Georgia and on the rabbit disease, RHDV2, that is rapidly spreading across the United States.

Casey joins us from down the street in Watkinsville, GA. She received her B.S. in Biology and a minor in Spanish from UGA in 2018. Since then, she worked as a lab technician in the field of genomics. Casey wishes to utilize her degree to pursue a career in wildlife conservation.

Fun Fact: Casey has been horseback riding for over 20 years, with ~15 years of competitive riding and training experience.

Collin Richter (MS Student)

Collin is an MS student co-advised by Dr. Michel Kohl and Dr. Tracey Tuberville (SREL). He started his work with the Kohl Lab in January of 2021.  His research focuses on the survival and movement of head-started Mojave Desert tortoises as well as the effects of Common Raven (Corvus corax) predation on juvenile tortoise recruitment. Collin’s research interests include movement and spatial ecology, as well as conservation and recovery of imperiled species.

Collin is from Canton, Michigan and obtained his BS in Zoology from Northern Michigan University in 2017. After graduation, Collin worked for the Martin Lab at Warnell, studying Northern Bobwhites and gopher tortoises, and spent a year assisting in rattlesnake research on Jekyll Island, GA. He plans to pursue a PhD after he finishes his MS.

Fun Fact: Collin owns a 21-year old leopard gecko named Spot

Ben Carr (Senior Undergrad)

Ben is taking a semester-long break as he completes an internship with the Georgia DWR Bear Project, and will return in Fall 2021 to wrap up his undergrad. For his senior project in fall, he will be evaluating the impact of human behavioral changes during the COVID-19 shutdowns using data from game cameras he helped deploy throughout northeast Georgia to quantify behavioral differences between urban and rural coyotes.

Originally from Watkinsville, GA, Ben spent his high school years out west in Colorado before returning to UGA to pursue his B.S.

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Past Students

Calvin Ellis (B.S. 2020)
Thesis Title: Evaluating Elk (Cervus canadensis) Sightability in Eastern Kentucky

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