Jenn Hess, Wildlife Biologist/Project Manager


Jennifer has 15 years experience as a wildlife biologist and researcher. She received her B.S. in Zoology at North Dakota State University in 2003 and her M.S. at the University of Wyoming in 2011. She has extensive experience with the ecology, analysis and surveying of a wide range of wildlife and vegetation across the United States and has been studying the greater sage-grouse for 14 years.  Jennifer has managed large projects involving raptor, greater sage-grouse and pygmy rabbit monitoring across Wyoming and Nevada. She has lead yearly raptor identification training and refresher courses for seasonal biologists. Her thesis work focused on the comparison of prescribed burning and mowing Wyoming big sagebrush to enhance greater sage-grouse nesting and early brood-rearing habitats in the Big Horn Basin, Wyoming. She also completed an analysis of sage-grouse/human interaction as it relates to lek attendance in Wyoming. Other areas of expertise include habitat assessments for credit or debit projects, aerial surveys (fixed-wing and helicopter), spatial analysis, radio-telemetry (ground and aerial), noise monitoring to evaluate disturbance to sage-grouse and cultural areas, experimental design and statistical analysis (i.e. site occupancy in Program MARK), utilizing the Density and Disturbance Calculation Tool (DDCT) for sage-grouse core areas and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), scientific and technical writing (i.e. NEPA, reclamation and noxious weed plans), surveys and management plans for threatened and endangered plant species, and wildlife habitat mapping. Jennifer has worked with a wide range of other wildlife across the U.S. including American coots, American white pelicans, Canada lynx, greater sage-grouse, gopher tortoises, gray wolves, green-winged teals, indigo snakes, mallards, moose, prairie rattlesnakes, and white-tailed deer. Jennifer has presented her work nationally and has received several awards related to her scholarly achievement. Jennifer is a member of The Wildlife Society and the Society for Range Management. Jennifer's personal interests include backcountry snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, rafting, running, and traveling with her dog.