Principal Investigator:

Dr. Jen Cruz (she/her/hers) 

Assistant Professor in Population Ecology


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Before joining Boise State University, Jen was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she researched interactions among recovering raptors, prior to that she worked at Landcare Research Institute in New Zealand on quantifying interactions among native and invasive species. Dr. Jen Cruz completed her PhD in Ecology from the University of Queensland in Australia, studying the impacts of invasive predators on native brushtail possums. She was born in Colombia moved to Australia during high school, and attended Monash University for her Bachelor in Environmental Science with Honors.

Masters student: 

Eden Ravecca (she/her/hers)

For her Masters project Eden is evaluating potential benefits of Sagebrush recovery on predators and prey. Plant community restoration traditionally assumes that if we build it, communities will come back. Eden is assessing how prey such as ground squirrels have responded to long-term restoration efforts and whether potential benefits have scaled up to the predator community, with a particular focus on raptors.

Before joining the Biology MS Program at Boise State University, Eden was an Environmental Scientist & Avian Field Biologist for an engineering company in Northern Colorado. Eden also recently worked as a Burrowing Owl field technician with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. She received a Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources in Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology. Her research interests include trophic interactions, population dynamics, and apex predator-prey relationships. Eden’s ultimate goal is to meaningfully contribute to raptor and ecosystem conservation through research and to help inform conservation strategies and management decisions.

Masters student:

Kirsten Fuller (she/her/hers) 

Kirsten is in the Raptor Biology program. For her Masters, Kirsten is quantifying demographic consequences of interactions among recovering raptor species. Her research interests include conservation science, community ecology, and threatened and endangered species management.  She is looking forward to learning more about the quantitative side of ecology during her time at BSU.


Prior to starting at Boise State, Kirsten worked as a wildlife technician at Grand Canyon National Park where she conducted Mexican Spotted Owl surveys and tracked California Condors. In addition to working for the National Park Service, Kirsten has worked for various raptor research organizations such as Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Hawkwatch International, and the Cape May Bird Observatory. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Rowan University. Kirsten plans to pursue a career in academia to combine her interests in research and education.

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