The application of quantitative methods in ecology and conservation is the principal driver for my dissertation research. I develop hierarchical models to parse out the complexities of ecological systems into processes that can be described using multi-level statistical and mathematical models. I utilize the flexibility of a Bayesian statistical framework and rigorous computer programming to implement hierarchical models. The estimates from these models inform wildlife management, and the model development provides a quantitative framework for future ecological and conservation research.


Below is a list of my publications. Click on the GitHub button to see available code. Click on the Blogdown button to read a blogpost about the associated project. Click on the Altmetic badge to see social/online media coverage.

Farr, M.T., Green, D.S., Holekamp, K.E., Roloff, G.J., and Zipkin E.F. (2019) Multi-species hierarchical modeling reveals variable responses of African carnivores to management alternatives. Ecological Applications. 29:e01845

Saunders, S.P., Farr, M.T., Wright, A.D., Bahlai, C.A., Ribeiro, J.W., Rossman, S., Sussman, A.L., Arnold, T.W., & Zipkin, E.F. (2019) Disentangling data discrepancies and deficiencies with integrated population models. Ecology. 100:e02714

Green, D.S.*, Farr, M.T.*, Holekamp, K.E., Strauss, E.D., and Zipkin E.F. (In Press) Can hyena behavior predict abundances of sympatric carnivores? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
*Authors contributed equally

Farr, M.T., Green, D.S., Holekamp, K.E., and Zipkin E.F. (In Revision after Review) Integrating distance sampling and presence-only data using a spatial point process model. Ecology


Department of Integrative Biology, Michigan State University
Graduate Teaching Assistant & Guest Lecturer – IBIO 831 Statistical Methods in Ecology and Evolution II, 2019

Department of Integrative Biology, Michigan State University
Graduate Teaching Assistant – IBIO 365 Biology of Mammals Laboratory, 2017

Biological Science Program, Michigan State University
Graduate Teaching Assistant – BS 171 Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory, 2016 - 2017

Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant – FNR 210 Natural Resource Information Management (ArcGIS), 2014