Dr. Paul C. Cross

Research Wildlife Biologist
NOROCK Headquarters


2327 University Way, Suite 2
Bozeman, MT 59715

Phone 406-994-6908
Fax 406-994-6556

Ph.D. Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. 2005. University of California, Berkeley

B.A. Environmental Science. 1998. University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Expertise: disease ecology, ungulates, epidemiological models, hierarchical Bayesian models.

Research Interests: My research focuses on applied wildlife disease, conservation and management issues around the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. I try to integrate multiple different scientific fields, but my specific background is in field ecology, behavior and mathematical modeling. There are two central themes in my research: (1) the integration of empirical data and mathematical modeling, and (2) the effects of host behavior on disease dynamics. Currently, my research focuses on brucellosis, chronic wasting disease, canine distemper and sarcoptic mange.

Courses Taught:

  • Data Analysis and Multi-level / Hierarchical Modeling in Ecology (1 credit) Fall 2009. Montana State University.
  • EcoLunch Seminar (1 credit) Fall 2008. MSU. I initiated this class to provide a venue for graduate students to get practice giving seminars and provide feedback on ongoing projects.
  • Plant-Disease Invasion Seminar (informal graduate seminar). Fall 2006. MSU. Compared the approaches of plant and disease ecologists to non-native invasions.
  • Wildlife Ecology (4 credits with lab) Spring 2005. Co-Lecturer UC Berkeley.
  • Disease Ecology (1 credit) 2004. Co-supervised graduate seminar on disease ecology, UC Berkeley
  • Modeling Infectious Disease (1 week short-course) 1999 Univ. of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Featured Articles & Links
XRAY Yellowstone, 12/23/12 Discovery Channel
MSU student to use Fulbright for study of disease in Zambian wildlife, livestock, 12/4/12 MSU News
The mange of wolves: What are parasites' roles in ecology?, 10/15/12 Philly.com
Color-Coded Wolves, 9/12 Science World
Elk Brucellosis Infection may be increasing in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
The challenge of managing disease in wildlife: the case of elk in Yellowstone., 5/12/10 Conservation Maven
Infrared Imaging Helps Save Yellowstone’s Wolves, 5/10/12 Wired
New brucellosis ‘hot spots’ found in Yellowstone area., 4/25/10 Helena IR
Brucellosis increasing among some elk., 3/30/10 St. Louis Globe-Democrat