Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
MSU Natural Resources Building, rm 17
Leslie received her bachelor’s degrees in Natural Resource Management and Biomedical Science at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Since then she has worked on several research projects involving Kittlitz’s murrelets and salmon at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, wolves in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and pine marten in northern Maine. She currently works at Katmai National Park and Preserve in southwest Alaska, where she monitors the brown bear population along the Brooks River and throughout the park. Her research project plans to model fluctuations in the bear population at Katmai and look at factors such as increased visitor use of the park, salmon escapement, competition for limited resources, and other environmental conditions that might be causing changes to bear numbers.