Our People

 The deer research program at Mississippi State University began with the arrival of Dr. Dave Guynn and Dr. Harry Jacobson in the mid-1970s. The synergism between these two young research biologists spawned many unique projects that generated national attention. Guynn left for other employment, and Dr. Jacobson expanded the breadth of deer research projects over a storied 20-year fulltime career, followed by continued interaction as Professor Emeritus.

 Collectively, and working with numerous graduate students, cooperating agencies, foundations, and landowners, our current faculty have established the Deer Ecology and Management Lab at Mississippi State University as one of the premier deer management research units in the United States.

Staff


Bronson Strickland

Associate Extension Professor, Wildlife Ecology and Management

Phone Number:  662-325-8141
Email:  bstrickland@cfr.msstate.edu

Location:
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Forest and Wildlife Research Center
Box 9690
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9690
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Steve Demarais

Dale H. Arner Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management

Phone Number:  662-325-2618
Email:  sdemarais@cfr.msstate.edu

Location:
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Forest and Wildlife Research Center
Box 9690
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9690
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Garrett Street

Assistant Professor

Phone Number:  662-325-5801
Email:  gms246@msstate.edu

Location:
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Forest and Wildlife Research Center
Box 9690
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9690
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Garrett Street is a quantitative ecologist specializing in spatiotemporal dynamics in habitat selection and space use. His research focuses on linking fine-scale behavioral processes at the individual and population levels to broad-scale patterns of species distributions and abundance across broad geographic extents. He has addressed these issues using cutting edge statistical and simulation techniques in numerous deer species including moose (Alces alces), Roosevelt elk (Cervus elaphus roosevelti), and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), and is dedicated to developing new ecological knowledge that can be applied to the improvement of wildlife management and conservation through the Southeast.

Marcus Lashley

Assistant Professor

Phone Number:  662-325-5795
Email:  marcus.lashley@msstate.edu

Location:
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Forest and Wildlife Research Center
Box 9690
Mississippi State, MS 39762-9690
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Dr. Marcus Lashley started his career with a degree from MSU and returned in 2015 to serve as the wildlife habitat specialist in the department. Dr. Lashley earned his M.S. degree at the University of Tennessee and Ph.D. at North Carolina State University. His research has focused on several areas of deer behavior and diet selection, and habitat management with fire and timber harvests. Currently, he and his student Don Chance are evaluating the effects of forage availability and cover on deer habitat use following common habitat management practices.


Students


Amy Blaylock
Andy Little
Caleb Hinton
Emily Flinn
Eric Michel
Jeremy Flinn
Kamen Campbell
Mike Dye
Phil Jones
Stephen Webb
Tamara Campbell