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Jonathan Jenks

Jonathan Jenks


Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Office Building

Edgar S. McFadden Biostress Lab



Mailing Address

McFadden Biostress Laboratory 142C
Natural Resource Management-Box 2140B
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


I was raised on a dairy farm in eastern Massachusetts. I worked on white-tailed deer while obtaining my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Maine and Oklahoma, respectively. I have been a faculty member at South Dakota State University for 27 years. Over that time, I have focused my studies on deer ecology and management in the Northern Great Plains and mountain lion ecology in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

If you would like my CV or more information, please feel free to contact me at my sdstate email address noted above. Thank you!


B.S. Wildlife Science, Unity College
M.S. Wildlife Management, University of Maine
Ph.D. Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology, Oklahoma State University

Academic Interests/Expertise

Large Mammals, mountain lions, white-tailed deer

Specialty Area

  • Wildlife Nutrition and Disease, Large Mammal Ecology and Management, Population Dynamics

Awards and Honors

1982 Dean’s Award, Unity College. 1982 Wildlife Department Scholarship, Unity College. 1983 Wildlife Department Scholarship, Unity College. 1984 Outstanding Wildlife Graduate, Unity College. 1989 Outstanding Ph.D. Student, Zoology Department, Oklahoma State University. 1991 Graduate Research Excellence Award, Oklahoma State University. 1995 Certified Wildlife Biologist, The Wildlife Society. 1997 Service Award, Project Advisory Committee, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 1997 Award of Appreciation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. 1999 Award of Appreciation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. 2003 First recipient of the Griffith Faculty Research Award, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station, South Dakota State University. 2003 F. O. Butler Foundation, Excellence in Research Award, South Dakota State University. 2006 Awarded title of “Distinguished Professor of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences”, South Dakota State University. 2006 Awarded title of “Fellow” of The Wildlife Society by The Wildlife Society Council. 2009 First recipient of the “Distinguished Researcher” from the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Award (2008), South Dakota State University. 2009 Award for Professional Excellence, Department of Wildlife Ecology, University of Maine. 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, Wildlife Alumni Association, University of Maine.

Professional Memberships

American Society of Mammalogists
The Wildlife Society
South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society
Great Plains Natural Science Society

Area(s) of Research

Mountain lion ecology, Deer nutrition, deer movements and home range, survival and home range of pronghorn, disease dynamics of bighorn sheep.



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