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., 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.




Gilbert, S., Broadly, K., Doran-Myers, D., Droghini, A., Haines, J.A., Hämäläinen, A., Lamb, C.T., Neilson, E., Boutin, S. In review. When to let it go: climate-based triage for effective biodiversity conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Lamb, C., S. Gilbert, G. Mowat, S.E. Nielson, S. Boutin, B. McLellan. In review. Density-dependent signaling: An alternative hypothesis on the function of chemical signaling in a non-territorial solitary carnivoreCanadian Journal of Zoology. 





Gilbert, S., M. Boyce, K. Hundertmark, D.K. Person, P. Barboza, M. Lindberg. In preparation. Fear, forage, or fawns: nutrition and predation risk drive behavior for female deer. Prepared for Proc.Roy.Soc.B.

Gilbert, S., M. Lindberg, T. Haynes, M. Kissling. In preparation. Effects of anthropogenic and natural drivers on wolf abundance in a linked wolf-deer-forest system. Prepared for Ecological Applications.



Selected recent Presentations


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: Postdoctoral Researcher, 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: Research assistant, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Ph.D. research based on Prince of Wales Island (fieldwork) and in Fairbanks (academic work), Alaska

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

2007: Environmental consultant, Tetra Tech, Beale Air Force Base, California





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

Fall 2016: "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: Lead Instructor, “Principles of Ecology" (BIOL 271), Department of Biology and Wildlife, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)

2012: Teaching assistant, “Workshop: Matrix Population Models for Management and Conservation,” taught by Dr. Jean-Dominique Lebreton and Dr. Christine Hunter, UAF, August 2012



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



Research Funding


2015: $23,000, Science and Community Environmental Knowledge (SCEK). R. Serrouya, C. DeMars, S. Gilbert.Predicting the population-level response of boreal caribou to seismic line restoration

2015: $14,000, Science and Community Environmental Knowledge (SCEK). S. Gilbert, R. Serrouya. Adaptive Management of woodland caribou under current and future change to climate and human footprint.

2015:  $82,936, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  M. Lindberg, S. Gilbert, T. Haynes. Conservation status assessment of Alexander Archipelago wolves

2014: $17,000, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dissertation completion fellowship.

2013: $10,000, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks. Summer research fellowship.

2013: $2,500, Mule Deer Foundation. S. Gilbert. Importance of fawns in black bear annual and seasonal diets from isotopic analysis of tissue.

2012: $30,000, Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Supplemental research grant to purchase GPS collars for neonatal fawn deer.

2010-2012: $60,000, National Science Foundation. NSF GK-12 Fellowship.





2016: 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