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) Multispecies hierarchical modeling reveals variable responses of African carnivores to management alternatives. Ecological Applications. 29: e01845.

Green, D.S.*, Farr, M.T.*, Holekamp, K.E., Strauss, E.D., and Zipkin, E.F. (2019) Can hyena behavior predict abundances of sympatric carnivores? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 347: 20180052. *Authors contributed equally

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

Farr, M.T., Green, D.S., Holekamp, K.E., and Zipkin, E.F. (In Review after Revision) 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 - 2020

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