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Amanda Cheeseman

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Assistant Professor

Office Building

Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Lab



Mailing Address

McFadden Biostress Laboratory 141A
Natural Resource Management-Box 2140B
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


My research broadly focuses on the relationships between wildlife (mostly mammals) and their habitats to answer today's conservation and management challenges. I work in highly impacted systems, using collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to better understand these complex and dynamic relationships across multiple spatial and temporal scales.


PhD, Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
MS, Biology, Fort Hays State University
BS, Zoology, Michigan State University

Academic Interests

Wildlife Management
Population Ecology & Genetics
Spatial Ecology

Academic Responsibilities

Undergraduate Courses
- NRM 230: Natural Resource Management Techniques
- WL 355/355L: Mammalogy/ Mammalogy Lab
- RANG 374/374L: Habitat Conservation and Management/ Habitat Conservation and Management Lab
- WL 496: Field Experience
- WL 498: Undergraduate Research Experience

Graduate Courses
- NRM 792: Ecological Modelling
- NRM 791: Independent Study: Wildlife Bayesian Statistics
- WL 798: Thesis
- WL 898: Dissertation

Professional Memberships

American Society of Mammalogists
The Wildlife Society
Ecological Society of America
World Lagomorph Society

Area(s) of Research


DV Eline, JB Cohen, TJ McGreevy Jr., CM. Whipps, and AE Cheeseman. 2023. Behavior as a rapid indicator of reintroduction and translocation success for a cryptic species. Journal of Mammalogy.

DV Eline, JB Cohen, CM. Whipps, AE Cheeseman. 2023. Habitat management to reduce competitive interactions: Case study of native and invading cottontails. Journal of Wildlife Management. 70:710-729.

AI Kovach, AE Cheeseman, JB Cohen, CD Rittenhouse, CM Whipps. 2022. Separating proactive conservation from species listing decisions. Environmental Management.

AE Cheeseman, BP Tanis, EJ Finck. 2021. Temporal assessment of Eastern Spotted Skunk geographic distribution. Southeastern Naturalist 20(sp11):24-28.

AE Cheeseman, BP Tanis, EJ Finck. 2021. Quantifying temporal variation in dietary niche to reveal drivers of past population declines. Functional Ecology 35:930-941.

AE Cheeseman, JB Cohen, SJ Ryan, CM Whipps. 2021. Is conservation based on best available science creating an ecological trap for an imperiled lagomorph? Ecology and Evolution 11:912-930.

Whipps CM, AE Cheeseman, KA Fox, JB Cohen. 2020. Evaluation of cottontail pellets collected in suboptimal conditions for DNA analysis. Wildlife Society Bulletin 44: 182-190.

AE Cheeseman, JB Cohen, CM Whipps, AI Kovach, SJ Ryan. 2019. Hierarchical population structure of a rare lagomorph indicates recent fragmentation has disrupted metapopulation function. Conservation Genetics 20: 1237-1249.

AE Cheeseman, JB Cohen, SJ Ryan, CM Whipps. 2019. Determinants of home range size of imperiled New England and introduced eastern cottontails. Canadian Journal of Zoology 97: 516-523.

AE Cheeseman, SJ Ryan, CM Whipps, JB Cohen. 2018. Competition alters seasonal resource selection and promotes use of invasive shrubs by an imperiled native cottontail. Ecology and Evolution 8: 11122-11133.

Ryan SJ, EJ Gavard, AE Cheeseman, JB Cohen, CM Whipps. 2016. Reference and baseline hematocrit measures for the threatened New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) and comparison with sympatric eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) rabbits. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 47: 659-662.



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