S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
Emma Doden is an Ecology M.S. student in the Department of Wildlife Resources in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. She is originally from Wadsworth, Illinois and received a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology: Research and Management, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-StevensPoint in 2016. Emma’s research, with advisors Drs. Julie Young and Phaedra Budy, focuses on comparing the fates, space use, and dam building activity of naturally occurring beavers and beavers translocated into desert river restoration sites. Her study assesses the efficacy of removing nuisance beavers from conflict situations and relocating them to degraded areas in need of beaver dams to increase water storage and improve native fish habitat. For two summers Emma monitored beavers in the Price and San Rafael Rivers of UT, learning the complexities of beaver translocation in a dynamic, arid landscape, a new frontier for using beaver translocation in river restoration. Emma enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding. After completing her M.S., she plans to pursue a career as a state or federal wildlife biologist, with a focus on furbearer and non-game species conservation and management.