Laura Prugh

Laura Prugh

Associate Professor
Quantitative multi-species conservation and management; wildlife community ecology; conservation of endangered species and fragmented populations; human-wildlife interactions; noninvasive genetics; predator-prey interactions

Office: Winkenwerder 204
Phone: 206-543-1588 
Email: lprugh@uw.edu

Graduate Interest Group(s): WILDLIFE SCIENCE

B.A. Biology, Earlham College, 1996
Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology, University of British Columbia, 2005

Courses Taught:Quarter offered:
ESRM 150 Wildlife in the Modern World (5)Autumn
ESRM 351 Wildlife Research Techniques (5)Spring
Current Sponsored Research:
Animals on the move: Remotely based determination of key drivers influencing movements and habitat selection of highly mobile fauna throughout the ABoVE study domain
Assessing Alpine Ecosystem Productivity to Environmental Change using Dall Sheep as an Iconic Indicator Species
CAREER: Integrating positive and negative interactions in carnivore community ecology
Impacts of Tour Boat Shore Excursions on Terrestrial Wildlife Glacier Bay National Park
Population dynamics of forest carnivores in Denali
Timer harvest and the Selkirk Elk: How does forest structure influence predator-prey interactions?
Recent Publications:
Grinath J, Deguines N, Prugh L, Brashares J, Chesnut J, and Suding K. 2018. Animals alter precipitation legacies: trophic and ecosystem engineering effects on plant community temporal dynamics. Journal of Ecology 106: 1454-1469 doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12936
Prugh, Deguines, Grinath, Suding, Bean, Stafford, Brashares. 2018. Ecological winners and losers of extreme drought in California. Nature Climate Change 8: 819-824 doi: 10.1038/s41558-018-0255-1
Deguines, N, Brashares, J, Prugh, L. 2017. Precipitation alters interactions in a grassland ecological community. Journal of Animal Ecology 86: 262-272 doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12614
Gilbert, SL, SJ Sivy, CB Pozzanghera, A DuBour, K Overduijn, MM Smith, J Zhou, JM Little, LR Prugh. 2017. Socioeconomic benefits of large carnivore restoration through reduced wildlife-vehicle collisions. Conservation Letters 10: 431-439 doi: 10.1111/conl.12280
Jiake DJ Zhou, Laura Prugh, Ken D.Tape, Gary Kofinas and Knut Kielland. 2017. The role of vegetation structure in controlling distributions of vertebrate herbivores in Arctic Alaska. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 49:291-304.
Keinath, D, Doak, D, Hodges, K, Fagan, W, Prugh, L, Sekercioglu, C, Butchart, S, Kauffman, M. 2017. A global analysis of species sensitivity to habitat disturbance. Global Ecology and Biogeography 26: 115-127 doi: 10.1111/geb.12509
KJ Sivy, C Pozzanghera, JB Grace, LR Prugh. 2017. Fatal attraction? Intraguild facilitation and suppression among carnivores. American Naturalist 190(5) doi: 10.1086/693996
Dorendorf, R, P Fix, LR Prugh. 2016. Motivations of fur trappers in Interior Alaska. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 21:522-537.
Pozzanghera, C, K Sivy, M Lindberg, L Prugh. 2016. Variable effects of snow conditions across boreal mesocarnivore species. Canadian Journal of Zoology 94: 697-705.
Borg, B, S Brainerd, T Meier, LR Prugh. 2015. Impacts of breeder loss on social structure, reproduction and population growth in a social canid. Journal of Animal Ecology 84: 177-187.
Gurney, C. M., L. R. Prugh, and J. S. Brashares. 2015. Restoration of native plants is reduced by rodent-caused soil disturbance and seed removal. Rangeland Ecology & Management 68: 359-366.
Prugh, LR and SM Arthur. 2015. Optimal predator management for mountain sheep conservation depends on the strength of mesopredator release. Oikos 124: 1241-1250.
Bean, WT, LR Prugh, R Stafford, HS Butterfield, M Westfall, JS Brashares. 2014. Species distribution models of an endangered rodent offer incomplete measures of habitat quality at multiple scales. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 1116-1125.
Endicott, RL, LR Prugh, JS Brashares. 2014. Surplus killing by endangered San Joaquin kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis mutica) is linked to a local population decline of endangered giant kangaroo rats (Dipodomys ingens). Southwestern Naturalist 59: 110-115.
Prugh, LR and CD Golden. 2014. Does moonlight increase predation risk? Meta-analysis reveals divergent responses of nocturnal mammals to lunar cycles. Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 504-514.
McCune, JL, WL Harrower, S Avery-Gomm, JM Brogan, A Csergo, LN Davidson, A Garani, LR Halpin, LP Lipsen, C Lee, JC Nelson, LR Prugh, C Stinson, CK Whitney, J Whitton. 2013. Threats to Canadian species at risk: an analysis of finalized recovery strategies. Biological Conservation 166: 254-265.