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Ellen Brandell
Ellen Brandell
Ellen Brandell in snow with collared wolf

​​​​Wildlife Research Scientist, Carnivores​

​​Current or Recent Research Projects

  • Wolf ecology
    • Wolf habitat selection and movement during re-establishment in Colorado
  • Wildlife management
    • Statistical estimation of wolf abundance
    • Quantifying the effects of management practices and disease on wildlife harvest
  • Wolf-livestock dynamics
    • Identifying and examining potential nonconsumptive effects of wolves on cattle
  • Predator-prey dynamics
    • Examining wolf and hunter effects on elk movement, space use, and aggregation patterns
    • Quantifying conditions under which predators influence prey diseases​

Areas of Interest and Expertise​

​My background is in terrestrial wildlife ecology with a focus on carnivores (primarily gray wolves) and infectious diseases. I am interested in many facets of wildlife ecology, especially social behaviors, predator-prey interactions, population dynamics, and disease dynamics. My work intersects wildlife ecology, wildlife management, statistics, and disease ecology.​

Select Publications


  • Ph.D., Ecology  Pennsylvania State University, 2021
  • B.S., Wildlife Biology ​ University of Montana, 2015 

Current or Recent Positions

  • Wildlife Research Scientist  Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 2022-Present

  • Postdoctoral Associate ​ Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, Dept. of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2020-2022