Eric Jepsen

Graduate Student Researcher

Eric JepsenEducation
MS Avian Sciences, in progress, University of California, Davis CA
BS Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Laboratory Phone:(530) 752-5727


Current Projects

Ecology and Conservation of Great Gray Owls (Strix nebulosa) in the central Sierra Nevada.

Eric Jepsen and Great Gray OwlMy work is part of an ongoing assessment of the Central Sierra population of Great Gray Owls. I am interested in finding breeding territories, monitoring reproductive success, and understanding the factors that contribute to maintaining a healthy population. I am also involved in an effort to capture individuals and obtain blood samples. These samples are used for genetic work, which will give us a much clearer idea of the relationship between the California population of Great Gray Owls and those in Oregon and northward. Blood samples are also used to analyse the impact of West Nile Virus on Great Grays as well as categorizing and understanding blood parasites in raptors. The other part of my research involves understanding the winter distribution and habitat requirements for the Great Gray Owls of the Central Sierra. This includes using historic data on Great Gray Owls to develop predictive distribution models.