Samantha Courtney

Samantha Courtney

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M.S. Student
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife


Major Advisor:

Dr. David Williams

I received my B.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from MSU in 2015. After graduating, I was employed as a research technician for several projects working with a variety of species including elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and small mammals. For over a year I worked as a game management assistant for North Dakota Game and Fish Department conducting pheasant and grouse surveys, banding waterfowl, assisting in bighorn sheep and sage grouse translocations, performing wildlife necropsies, and helping run the state’s Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance program. My project will focus on studying white-tailed deer behavior and group size, baiting, and bioaccumulation of feces to gain a better understanding of the factors that are influencing Chronic Wasting Disease transmission during late winter. In my free time I enjoy hunting, trapping, fishing, hiking, and camping.