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Linda Zeigenfuss

Ecologist
Fort Collins Science Center
The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands

Biography

Linda Zeigenfuss is an ecologist at the Fort Collins Science Center. Linda received her bachelor's degree in Biology from Mount Holyoke College and her M.S. in Forest Science from Colorado State University. Prior to joining USGS in 1997, she worked on joint projects between USGS and Colorado State University's Natural Resource Ecology Lab. Her research has focused on the effects of ungulate herbivory on plants, with a particular emphasis on ungulate management issues in National Parks. She has been involved in research on elk herbivory in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado for over 20 years and has also conducted research in Great Sand Dunes, Wind Cave, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks. Presently, her research focuses on development of grazing monitoring programs to assist ungulate management programs, and investigating the impacts of wild horses on their habitats in the western US. Education M.S. Forest Sciences, Colorado State University, 1993 B.A. Biology, Mount Holyoke College, 1989

Research Interest

ungulate ecology monitoring of browsing and grazing habitat selection

Publications

  • Development of a grazing monitoring program for Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

  • The role of science through a century of elk and habitat management at Rocky Mountain National Park

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