Eliezer Gurarie | Environmental Biology | SUNY ESF
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Eliezer GurarieAssistant Professor

Eliezer Gurarie

241 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210



PhD, University of Washington, 2008

Quantitative wildlife ecology, animal movements, spatial ecology, habitat use, behavior, cognition, population ecology, statistical methods, mathematical modeling, co-production of knowledge. 

Assistant Professor

Potential graduate students or post-docs are encouraged to email me if interested in joining a dynamic and diverse research lab exploring fundamental features of wildlife ecology.

Lab website


Research summary

The world is incredibly complex and dynamic. This is true, too, for the particular biotic and abiotic environments that all animals exist in. Food resources alone can be patchy or cryptic, can appear and disappear, sometimes even run around themselves. Yet, animals manage (mainly) to navigate, survive, reproduce, and persist. At the broadest level, my research addresses the question: How!?

To that end, and with countless collaborators & students, I apply a wide range of overlapping approaches. I (we!) develop statistical tools for the analysis of animal movements, survival, and behavior. We develop and explore theoretical models to frame questions and explore scenarios. And - perhaps most importantly - we try to collect and analyze field data in insightful and creative ways.

Two major topics of I am currently working on are:

  1. Fate of the caribou: Migratory caribou movements, behaviors and populations, with emphasis on the effects of climate change and human development across northern Canada and Alaska. This work involves combining movement, survival and aerial survey data with next generation remote sensing - of snow and ice, of vegetation, of temperatures and winds - to ultimately draw links to the dramatic demographics of an iconic keystone species in the Arctic.

  2. Cognitive movement ecology: Exploring through theory, conceptual development, and innovative empirical analysis the role that spatial memory, learning, and sociality shape the way animals use space, with a particular focus on the Finnish population of wolves that I’ve worked with for many years.

My Google Profile Page has links to peer-reviewed publications.

(formal) Education

2008 - Ph.D. in Quantitive Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

2000 - D.E.A. (M.S. equiv) in Environmental Geosciences at the Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement, Marseille, France

1998 - B.S./B.A. in Physics and Literature at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.

Lab members

Dr. Ophélie Couriot (post-doc)

Ophélie in NWT

... is a wildlife ecologist focusing on the response of wildlife to global change. In particular, changes in movement behaviour of animals to human-induced changes to the climate and their environment. Ophélie investigates mechanisms across several scales: from the individual to the population, with a particular focus on barren-ground caribou in the North American Arctic.

She completed her PhD at the University of Toulouse (France) under the direction of Dr. Mark Hewison, Dr. Nicolas Morellet (National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, France [INRAe] and Wildlife Ecology and Behavior [CEFS] laboratory), and Dr. Sonia Saïd (The National Office of Hunting and Wildlife [ONCFS]), studying the impacts of spatiotemporal variation in resource and risk distribution on movement and activity patterns of two large lowland herbivore species in Europe: roe deer and red deer.

Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Chloe BeaupreChloe Beaupre

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gurarie
  • Area of Study: Environmental Biology

Ekaterina KhadonovaEkaterina Khadonova

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gurarie
  • Area of Study: Environmental Biology

Megan PerraMegan Perra

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Gurarie
  • Area of Study: Environmental Biology