Sophie Gilbert


Assistant Professor, Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho



2015–2016: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Alberta

2015: Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, University of Alaska Fairbanks

2006: B.Sc., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)


Gilbert, S., C.T. Lamb, K. Broadly, D. Doran-Myers, A. Droghini, J.A. Haines, A. Hämäläinen, E. Neilson, S. Boutin. 2019. When to let it go: trailing-edge triage for effective biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology.

Keefe, R., A. Wempe, R. Becker, E. Zimbleman, E. Nagler, S. Gilbert, C. Caudhill. 2019. Positioning methods and the use of location and activity data in forests. Forests.

Sivy, K., P. Mahoney, T. Ganz, M. Ditmer, M. van de Kerk, S. Gilbert, R. Montgomery, L. Prugh. 2019. Designing predation risk studies for improved inference in carnivore-ungulate systems. Biological Conservation.

Brown, C., K. Kielland, T. Brinkman, S. Gilbert, E. Euskirchen. 2018. Resource selection and movement of male moose in response to varying levels of vehicle access during hunting season. Ecosphere.

Lamb, C., S. Gilbert, A. Ford. 2018. Tweet success? Alternative metrics of scientific impact in ecology and conservation. PeerJ.

Lamb, C., S. Gilbert, G. Mowat, S.E. Nielson, S. Boutin, B. McLellan. 2017. Density-dependent signaling: An alternative hypothesis on the function of chemical signaling in a non-territorial solitary carnivore. PLoS ONE. 

Gilbert, S., M. Boyce, K. Hundertmark, D.K. Person, P. Barboza, M. Lindberg. 2017. Behavioral plasticity in a variable environment: Snow depth and habitat interactions drive deer movement in winter. Journal of Mammalogy.

Hämäläinen, A, Broadly, K., Doran-Myers, D., Droghini, A., Haines, J.A.., Lamb, C.T., Neilson, E., Boutin, S, Gilbert, S. 2017. The ecological significance of secondary seed dispersal by predators. Ecosphere.

Serrouya, R., Gilbert, S., McNay, S., McLellan, B., Heard, D., Seip, D., Boutin, S. 2016. Comparing population growth rates between census and recruitment-mortality models: implications for monitoring cryptic species. Journal of Wildlife Management.

Gilbert, S., A. DuBour, K. Overduijn, C.B. Pozzanghera, K.J. Sivy, M.M. Smith, J.K. Zhou, J.M. Little, L.R. Prugh. 2016. Socioeconomic effects of large carnivore restoration in the eastern United States. Conservation Letters.

Christie, K.S., S. Gilbert, C. Brown, M. Hatfield. 2016. Unmanned aerial systems in wildlife research: Current and future applications of a transformative technology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Gilbert, S. 2016. Bald eagle predation on Sitka black-tailed deer fawnsNorthwestern Naturalist.

Gilbert, S., M. Lindberg, K. Hundertmark, D.K. Person. 2014. Dead before detection: Addressing the effects of left truncation on survival estimation and ecological inference for neonatesMethods in Ecology and Evolution.

Grovenburg, T., K. Monteith, C. Jacques, R. Klaver, C. DePerno, T. Brinkman, S. Gilbert, V. Bleich, C. Swanson, J. Jenks. 2014. Re-evaluating neonatal age models for ungulates: Does model choice affect survival estimates? PLoS ONE.



Levi, T.; G. Hilderbrand, M. Hocking, K. White, M. Adams, J. Armstrong, A. Crupi, C. Darimont, W. Deacy, S. Gilbert, T. Quinn, W. Ripple, Y. Shakerti, R. Wheat, C. Wilmers. In review. Interaction ecology and the conservation of bear-salmon ecosystems. Bioscience.

Carter, N., M.A. Williamson, S. Gilbert, S.A. Lischka, L.R. Prugh, J.J. Lawler, A.L. Metcalf, A.Jacob, B.J. Beltran, A.J. Castro, A. Sage, M. Burham. In review. Integrated spatial analysis for human-wildlife coexistence. Environmental Research Letters.

Hotaling, S., T.C. Bartholomaus, S.L. Gilbert. In review. Rolling stones gather moss: movement and longevity of moss balls on an Alaskan glacier. Polar Biology.

Boutin, S., R. Serrouya, and S. Gilbert. In review. The large landscape challenge: conserving small populations with big habitat needs. Journal of Animal Ecology


Selected recent Presentations

Gilbert, S. 2017 September. A framework for valuing the costs and benefits of predators and their prey. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM.

Gilbert, S. 2016 October. Socioeconomic effects of large carnivore recolonization. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC.

Gilbert, S. 2016 April. Future population trends and drivers of change for Alexander Archipelago wolves on and near Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Predator-prey dynamics: From theory to management, Columbia Mountain Institute, Revelstoke, BC.

Gilbert, S. 2015 October. Season of Scarcity: flexible habitat selection by deer in response to dynamic snow depth in winter. The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting, Winnipeg, Canada.

Gilbert, S. 2015 April. Fear, forage, and snowfall: habitat selection and population dynamics of deer in Alaska’s temperate rainforest. Ph.D. Dissertation defense, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Gilbert, S., K.J. Hundertmark, M. Boyce, D. Person. 2014 August. Fawn survival or forage? Effects of reproductive stage on behavioral trade-offs for female deer in Alaska. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA.

Gilbert, S., K.J. Sivy, C.B. Pozzanghera, A. DuBour, K. Overduijn, M.M. Smith, J.K. Zhou, J.M. Little, L.R. Prugh. 2014 July. Economic benefits of large carnivore restoration in the eastern United States. North American Section of the Society for Conservation Biology, Missoula, MT.

Gilbert, S., K.J. Hundertmark, M. Boyce, D. Person. 2014 March. Female deer trade-off forage availability and fawn survival in a timber-harvested landscape. Annual Conference of the Wildlife Society Alaska Chapter, Anchorage, AK.

Professional Experience

2015: Postdoctoral Researcher, cascading effects of climate and development on woodland caribou population dynamics. Supervisor: Stan Boutin, University of Alberta.

2015: Research team member, conservation status assessment of Alexander Archipelago wolves. Construction and evaluation of spatial predator-prey and population viability models with land-use scenarios, contracted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Supervisor: Mark Lindberg, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

2009-2015: PhD research assistant, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Ph.D. project based on Prince of Wales Island (fieldwork) and in Fairbanks (academic work), Alaska

2007-2009: Biologist and environmental consultant, LSA Associates, Berkeley, California


Spring 2018: Co-instructor, Spatial ecology workshop (WLF 504), Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho

Fall 2017: Instructor, Applied population analysis (WLF 504), Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho

Spring 2017: Instructor, Matrix population model workshop (WLF 503), Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho

Spring 2017-Present: Instructor, "Wildlife Management" (WLF 492) Capstone Course, Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho

Fall 2016-present: Instructor, "Wildlife Conclave" (WLF 415), Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho

2013, 2009, 2007:  Faculty, Alaska Wildlands Studies Program, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska

2012: Instructor, “Principles of Ecology" (BIOL 271), Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)


2019: Research publication of the year, The Wildlife Society

2016: University of Idaho Excellence in Communication/Outreach Award

2015/16: UAF Dissertation Completion Fellowship

2013/14: Alaska Trapper Association’s Dean Wilson Scholarship

2013: Jim Stelmock Memorial Scholarship

2010-2012: NSF GK-12 Fellowship

2006: UCLA Undergraduate Research Award.

2002-2006: William and Miriam Ghidotti Scholarship

2005: National Merit Scholarship



2017-present: Co-director, University of Idaho Fish & Wildlife Film Festival

2016-present: Associate Editor, Ecology and Evolution

2016: Meeting organization committee, the American Society of Mammalogists 2017 Annual Meeting

2014: Symposium and Workshop co-organizer, the Wildlife Society Alaska Chapter: Resource Selection Functions in Wildlife Research

2013-14: Climate Change and Wildlife Working Group member, the Wildlife Society

2013-14: Graduate student representative, Graduate Academic and Advisory Committee of the Faculty Senate, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

2011: Graduate student representative, Hiring Committee for Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks

2012: Organizer, Midnight Sun Science Symposium, Biology Graduate Student Association, University of Alaska Fairbanks