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Lucretia E. Olson

Lucretia E. Olson
Wildlife and Terrestrial Ecosystems
800 East Beckwith Avenue
Missoula, MT 59801-5801
United States
Current Research

My research focuses on understanding the patterns and processes behind the distribution of animals across a landscape. I am interested in how biotic and abiotic factors influence the habitats and resources that animals use, and in how the ways in which we choose to analyze these data influence our understanding.  My current projects include modeling the distribution and habitat selection of Canada lynx and fisher in the northwestern Rocky Mountains, examining the movement and migration of ferruginous hawks in Wyoming, and understanding Canada lynx response to recreation and beetle outbreaks in Colorado.

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Phd, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2009
  • University of Montana, B.A., Biology, 2001
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Research Highlights

Managing forests and forest carnivores: Canada lynx and forest mosaics

Year: 2018
Differences in forest structure impact the ability of Canada lynx to produce kittens. Therefore, understanding how forest management and silviculture can improve the demography of Canada lynx is central to the species’ conservation on multiple-use lands.

Canada Lynx Navigate Spruce Beetle-Impacted Forests

Year: 2020
Canada lynx depend on boreal and subalpine forests that have been structured by natural disturbances for millennia.  The management conundrum is how to salvage beetle-killed trees, while also conserving this iconic species. USDA Forest Service researchers instrumented Canada lynx with GPS collars to...

Canada Lynx are Persisting in Spruce-beetle Impacted Forests

Year: 2016
The Forest Service’s Rocky Mountain Research Station and its partners are currently investigating the resource selection and movements of Canada lynx that occupy spruce-beetle impacted forests. This research will inform stand and landscape-level silvicultural prescriptions relative to proposed timbe...