Meet Elyce Gosselin, the Natural Resources Technician for Teton Conservation District. She holds degrees in Ecology and Conservation Biology and Mathematical Biology from the University of Idaho. She’s also on the Jackson Hole Juggernauts (our local roller derby league) where she’s known as “Bats Hit Crazy”.
Elyce loves bats. Before joining Teton Conservation District last fall, she worked in Grand Teton National Park studying the impacts of light pollution on bats. She has also traveled through the southern Ecuadorian Andes studying the impacts of land-use change on bat and bird communities.
Elyce is not just a bat expert though, she has evaluated elephant behavior and movement patterns in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, deployed National Geographic “Crittercams” and GPS collars on elephants, cape buffalo and antelope, investigated the impacts of phenological shifts on Arctic-breeding shorebirds and waterfowl in Alaska, compared the molecular and morphological fecal DNA sampling methods for coyotes, studied the impact of Owyhee harvester ant nests on sagebrush-steppe vegetation, completed Pygmy rabbit captures and burrow surveys, and captured and collared elk and mule deer in the West. Needless to say, she is just about the coolest and smartest staff member we have. Oh, and she speaks Spanish and some Portuguese too. Her resume is unbelievably impressive for being only 24, but don’t be intimidated; Elyce is humble, friendly, and always has a smile on her face.
Elyce grew up in Boise and she’s loving life in Jackson. She is learning to ski, mountain bike, and navigate Jackson’s complicated mail delivery system.