Gund Graduate Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

Skye is pursuing a PhD in Natural Resources, with a primary interest in Wildlife Conservation. At UVM, her research focuses on evaluating wildlife responses to climate change, and using this information to inform broader landscape decision-making. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Skye earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Washington. Following graduation, she worked as a member of the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. She spent two years doing wildlife toxicology research at the University of Washington, while also working in wildlife rehabilitation. Prior to starting her studies at UVM, Skye worked as a research scientist with USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, collaborating on a variety of research projects focused on fish health and fisheries management.

Advisors: Jed Murdoch and Terri Donovan

Research and/or Creative Works

Currently developing and implementing a virtual wildlife survey designed to harness expert knowledge and generate valuable species occupancy datasets. Expert elicited data will facilitate the development of regional distribution models for a suite of New England game species. Future studies will focus on the assessment of species distributions and viability under projected climate and landscape change scenarios.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Wildlife conservation, New England game species, wildlife distribution modeling, landscape ecology, climate change mitigation and adaption, collaborative and sustainable natural resource management


  • BS, Biology, University of Washington