Think Like the Scientist: Keith Aubry
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Keith Aubry, Wildlife Biologist
USDA Forest Service scientist

aubry with a wolverine box trapI am currently conducting research on the distribution of wolverines and other carnivores (meat eating animals) in the Pacific Northwest.

Example of a simple research question I have tried to answer

Which habitat conditions are most important to fishers in the Pacific Northwest? Fishers are a medium-sized forest carnivore in the weasel family. We answered this question by live-trapping fishers, putting radio-telemetry collars on them, and tracking their movements.

Most Exciting Discovery

We are the first scientists to study wolverines in the Cascade Range in Washington. Last spring, in the 7th year of our study, we located the natal dens (where wolverine kits are born) of 2 of our female study animals. This is the first documented evidence of reproduction by wolverines in the Pacific Northwest.

When did you know you wanted to be a scientist?

As a child growing up in California, I roamed the oak woodlands near my house looking for pollywogs, frogs, lizards, and snakes. I knew I wanted to work with animals, but I didn’t know I was going to be a scientist until graduate school.

Dr. Keith Aubry, Wildlife Biologist

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  • Ph.D., The University of Washington
  • USDA Forest Service Scientist
  • A wildlife biologist studies terrestrial wildlife species (mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians) and the habitats they occupy to better understand their biology and habitat relationships.