Broadly, I am fascinated by community ecology, especially the roles of predation and parasitism in structuring communities. I am interested in the parallels between predator-prey interactions and host-parasite interactions, particularly how they impact evolutionary trade-offs and community dynamics. Overall, I want to know how community composition and interactions among organisms facilitate disease transmission, and how this varies over time and space. I am also passionate about applied ecology and the conservation of vertebrate species, and aim to do research that ultimately informs conservation and management. In practice, I enjoy using a wide variety of research tools, including molecular methods, field studies, experimentation, and quantitative modeling.
Before joining the Johnson lab, I earned my M.S. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Dr. Jon Pauli. My master’s thesis focused on the effects of urbanization on mountain lion foraging behavior. I have also worked on the evolutionary dynamics of invasive copepods (with Dr. Carol Lee), population genetics of sloth species (with Drs. Zach Peery and Jon Pauli), and the life cycle of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii (with Dr. Laura Knoll). Other than ecological research, my interests include outdoor exploration, live music, Wikipedia, nordic skiing, and the Green Bay Packers. I am excited to be a part of the Johnson Lab and to apply my previous experience to the field of disease ecology!
Moss, WE, MW Alldredge, and JN Pauli. In Press. Quantifying risk and resource use for a large carnivore in an expanding urban-wildland interface. Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12563.
Pauli, JN, WE Moss, PJ Manlick, ED Fountain, R Kirby, SM Sultaire, PL Perrig, JE Mendoza, JW Pokallus, TH Heaton. 2015. Examining the uncertain origin and management role of martens on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. Conservation Biology. 29: 1257-1267. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12491.
Carlson, J, JH Gilbert, J Pokallus, PJ Manlick, WE Moss, and JN Pauli. 2014. Potential role of prey in the recovery of American martens to Wisconsin. Journal of Wildlife Management 78: 1499–1504. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.785.
Lee CE, WE Moss, N Olson, FC Chau, DA Skelly, and K Johnson. 2013. Feasting in Freshwater: Impacts of food concentration on freshwater tolerance and the evolution of food x salinity response during saline to freshwater invasions. Evolutionary Applications 6: 673–689. DOI: 10.1111/eva.12054
Moss WE, MZ Peery, GA Gutiérrez, C Vaughan, G Herrera, and JN Pauli. 2012. Isolation and characterization of 18 microsatellites for the brown-throated three- toed sloth, Bradypus variegatus. Conservation Genetics Resources 4:1037–1039.
Moss WE, JN Pauli, GA Gutiérrez, A Young, C Vaughan, G Herrera, and MZ Peery. 2011. Development and characterization of 16 microsatellites for Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth, Choloepus hoffmanni. Conservation Genetics Resources 3:625– 627.