Kyle Dougherty

Kyle Dougherty

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  • Background

Contact Information

DegreeDoctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences with a specialization in Applied Ecology
Address249 North Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Advisor(s)John Benson


My Story

I am broadly interested in the behavior of carnivores living in anthropogenically modified landscapes, particularly as they relate to health, coexistence with humans, and population dynamics. My dissertation research is exploring movement patterns and diets of mountain lions across California to better understand factors contributing to home range size, dispersal, and connectivity, risk of exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides, and risk of mortality associated with human-wildlife conflicts. Prior to joining the Benson lab, my master’s research with Dr. Elizabeth VanWormer focused on relative density and resource selection of urban red foxes here in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Selected Publications

Benson, J.F., Dougherty, K.D., Beier, P., Boyce, W.M., Cristecu, B., Gammons, D.J., Garcelon, D.K., Higley, J.M. Martins, Q.E., Nisi, A.C., Riley, S.P.D., Sikich, J.A., Stephenson, T.R., Vickers, T.W., Wengert, G.M., Wilmers, C.C., Wittmer, H.U., Delinger, J.A. 2023. The ecology of human-caused mortality for a protected large carnivore. PNAS 2023 Vol. 120 No. 13.



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Master of ScienceNatural Resource Sciences (Applied Ecology)University of Nebraska-Lincoln2019
Bachelor of ScienceBaldwin-Wallace University