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Michel T. Kohl

Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management
& Wildlife Extension Specialist

Contact Information

Contact Michel T. Kohl


Campus address

Building 4, Room 429
Ph.D., Ecology [Wildlife Emphasis], Utah State University 2019
M.S. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana, 2012
B.S. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana, 2008
A.S. Honors, Dawson Community College, 2006


Research Areas Detail:

My research generally focuses on wildlife spatial ecology, the fitness consequences of spatial behaviors, and the implications of those behaviors for the conservation and management of wildlife. Under this umbrella, most of my previous research has focused on developing a better understanding of wildlife-habitat relationships, as well as predator-prey relationships, for large ungulates and gamebirds.  For these species, I am particularly interested in research that address wildlife conservation and management questions within multi-use landscapes. 

Recent Citations:

If you would like copies of any of these papers or older ones, you can download them for free on my personal webpage (link below).

In Press   Kohl, M. T., T. K. Ruth, D. R. Stahler, M. C. Metz, D. W. Smith, and D. R. MacNulty. Do prey select for vacant hunting domains to minimize a multi-predator threat? Ecology Letters.

In Press   Dahlgren, D. K., T. A. Messmer, B. A. Crabb, M. T. Kohl., S. N. Frey, E. Thacker, R. T. Larsen, and R. J. Baxter. An empirical approach to refining greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) habitat guidelines. Wildlife Society Bulletin

2019       Cusack, J, M. T. Kohl, M. C. Metz, T. Coulson, D. R. Stahler, D. W. Smith, and D. R. MacNulty. Weak spatiotemporal response of prey to predation risk in a freely interacting system. Journal of Animal Ecology.

2019       Kohl, M. T., T. A. Messmer, B. A. Crabb, M. R. Guttery, D. K. Dahlgren, R. T. Larsen, S. N. Frey, S. Liguori, R. J. Baxter. The effects of electric power lines on the breeding ecology of greater sage-grouse. PLOS ONE 14(1): e0209968. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0209968

2018       Kohl, M. T., D. R. Stahler, M. C. Metz, J. D. Forester, M. J. Kauffman, N. Varley, P. J. White, D. W. Smith, and D. R. MacNulty. Diel predator activity drives a dynamic landscape of fear. Ecological Monographs 88:638-652, doi:10.1002/ecm.1313

2017       Puritty, C., L. R. Strickland, E. Alia, B. Blonder, E. Klein, M. T. Kohl, E. McGee, M. Quintana, R. E. Ridley, B. Tellman, and L. R. Gerber. For diversity initiatives, current best efforts may not be enough. Science 6356:1101-1102, doi: 10.1126/science.aai9054

Teaching, Outreach & Service


Although new to teaching at the University of Georgia, I plan to provide a future graduate level course that focuses on wildlife spatial ecology.  In addition, I will be assisting with Senior Project. 


My outreach activities are largely driven by the needs of our stakeholder groups.  This may include directed research programs or perhaps partnering with ongoing research efforts to help in the dissemination of wildlife related science.  Given that, most of my outreach efforts center around my research interest listed above.  However, I also have a strong interest in education and outreach activities that bring wildlife and natural resource science to underrepresented groups.


Professional Memberships:

The Wildlife Society

Ecological Society of America

Society of the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

American Association for the Advancement of Science