Aaron Wirsing

Aaron Wirsing

Associate Professor
Wildlife science; Behavioral ecology; Predator-prey interaction

Office: Winkenwerder 101
Phone: 206-543-1585 
Email: wirsinga@uw.edu

Graduate Interest Group(s): WILDLIFE SCIENCE

A.B., Biology, Bowdoin College, 1996
M.S., Wildlife Resources, University of Idaho, 2001
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, 2005

Courses Taught:Quarter offered:
ESRM 350 Wildlife Biology and Conservation (5)Autumn
ESRM 351 Wildlife Research Techniques (8)Spring
ESRM 450 Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (5)Winter
ESRM 455 Wildlife Seminar (1)Winter
ESRM 459 Wildlife Conservation in Northwest Ecosystems (3)Spring
ESRM 490 Special Topics (2)Spring
SEFS 554 Wildlife Seminar (1)Winter
SEFS 590 Uses of Animal Behavior in Conservation (2)Spring
Current Sponsored Research:
Building a Transboundary Research Program to Understand the Influence of Climate Change on Southern Range Limits
Do wolves indirectly affect mule deer fawn survival by modifying coyote predation?
Does Anti-predator Behavior Modify Indirect Effects of Top Predators?
Will a Warming Climate Affect Mesocarnivore Interactions in Washington's Southern Boreal Forests?
Recent Publications:
Wirsing, A. J., and M. R. Heithaus. 2014. Accounting for individual behavioral variation in studies of habitat selection. Journal of Animal Ecology 83: 319-321
Wirsing, A. J., J.R. Phillips, M.E. Obbard, and D.L. Murray. 2012. Incidental nest predation in freshwater turtles: Inter- and intra-specific differences in vulnerability are explained by relative crypsis. Oecologia 168: 977-988.
Ripple, W.J., A.J. Wirsing, R.L. Beschta, and S.W. Buskirk. 2011. Can restoring wolves aid in lynx recovery? Wildlife Society Bulletin 35: 514-518.
Heithaus, M. R., A. J. Wirsing, D. Burkholder, J. Thomson, and L. M. Dill. 2009. Towards a predictive framework for predator risk effects: the interaction of landscape features and prey escape tactics. Journal of Animal Ecology 78:556-562.
Heithaus, M. R., B. K. Delius, A. J. Wirsing, and M. M. Dunphy-Daly. 2009. Physical factors influencing the distribution of a top predator in a subtropical oligotrophic estuary. Limnology and Oceanography 54:472-482.
Wirsing, A. J., and M. R. Heithaus. 2009. Olive-headed sea snakes (Disteria major) shift seagrass microhabitats to avoid predators. Marine Ecology Progress Series 387:287-293.
SEFS Committee Membership:Chair?
Elected Faculty Advisory Council
Research Group