Meghan Keating

PhD Student - Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: G07 Lehotsky Hall
Phone: 209-324-5831
Personal Website:


 Educational Background

M.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation
University of Nevada, Reno 2019

B.S. Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
Colorado State University 2016


Meghan is a PhD student in Dr. David Jachowski's lab studying coastal bobcat ecology in the southeastern U.S., with an emphasis on the Kiawah Island population. Her research will shed light on isolated bobcat populations across islands with differing levels of human development, including comparisons of survival, movement patterns, and prey composition. Her research will also examine the behavioral and space use effects of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides. Meghan earned her B.S. in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, after which she spent three years as a field technician at the USGS’s Western Ecological Research Center focusing on duckling brood pond use and survival, and mesopredator interactions with nesting waterfowl. She earned her M.S. at the University of Nevada, Reno, by developing statistical models to describe the ecological drivers of animal movement. She is passionate about collaborative research, strong methodology, and mesopredator conservation.

 Research Interests

Animal movement, conservation, environmental toxicology, predator ecology, predator-prey interactions, quantitative ecology, resource selection, wildlife management


Jachowski Lab
Island Bobcat Research
Kiawah Bobcats