B.S. Agriculture with emphasis in Wildlife, New Mexico State University, 2003
M.S. Wildlife Ecology, New Mexico State University, 2006
Ph.D. Zoology, North Carolina State University, 2016
Aaron is an ecologist that spends most of his time studying mammalian energetics, space-use, population dynamics, and translocations. Since 2009, he has focused on mustelids (critters belonging to the family Mustelidae) in California, but has worked with other mesocarnivore mammals including black-footed ferrets, skunks, ringtails, and foxes. Before mustelids claimed most of his attention, Aaron spent a lot of time working in grassland and desert ecosystems in the Southwestern United States where he studied prairie dogs, kangaroo rats, and even dabbled in trapping and tracking rattlesnakes.
Aaron has worked on reintroduced populations of fishers, black-footed ferrets, and prairie dogs and that has become as central theme of his research. In particular, he is interested in finding unique ways to test hypotheses through translocations and to understand biotic and abiotic factors that limit populations of secondary and tertiary consumers.