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Jeff Martin

Jeff Martin2


Assistant Professor of Bison Biology & Management and SDSU Extension Bison Specialist

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Mailing Address

SDSU West River Ag Center
711 N Creek Dr
Rapid City, SD 57703


Dr. Jeff Martin is Assistant Professor of Bison Biology & Management in the Department of Natural Resource Management and Extension Bison Specialist with SDSU Extension located at the West River Research & Extension Center in Rapid City, SD. His research is interdisciplinary across wildlife biology, climatology, and human dimensions to answer questions of wildlife conservation and production in a changing world. Dr. Martin's research on bison is at the nexus of two paradigms: changing climate and changing cultural values. His goal is to merge understanding of conservation science with direct stakeholder engagement to improve conservation for wildlife across working and natural lands. He explores both direct and indirect drivers and consequences of body size change using bison from the Great Plains as a focal species. Dr. Martin's research aims to include bison manager interests that represent these diverse sectors of private, public, Tribal, and NGO bison herds.



Ph.D., Wildlife Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2020
M.S., Geosciences (vertebrate paleontology), East Tennessee State University, 2014
B.S., Geology, East Tennessee State University, 2012

Academic Interests

Climate change
Body size change
Wildlife conservation
Livestock & grassland sustainability
Vertebrate paleontology
Food sovereignty

Awards and Honors

Young Explorer, The Explorers Club
Honorary Lifetime Memberr, Western Bison Association
Graduate Student of the Year (2014), Department of Geosciences, East Tennessee State University


Rolex-Explorers Grant, The Explorers Club

Professional Memberships

American Society of Mammalogists
The Wildlife Society
Ecological Society of America
British Ecological Socity of America
National Bison Association
Western Bison Association
Minnesota Bison Association

Work Experience

20 years experience working with bison

Area(s) of Research

Bison, ecophysiology, thermography, evolution, ecology, adaptation, climate change, body size change

Applications of Research

Translocations of animals expose them to novel environments, including climate, forage, and diseases. Combining my research topics helps to better inform when, where, and how best to move animals. Also, studying thermoregulation of bison helps better understand responses to extreme weather like heat waves, blizzards, and drought.



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