Blake Hossack

Research Interests

  • Conservation biology
  • Disease ecology
  • Disturbance ecology
  • Herpetology
  • Invasive species


  • Ph.D., Wildlilfe Biology, 2011. - The University of Montana, Missoula, MT. Dissertation: Interactive effects of Wildfire and disturbance history on amphibians and their parasites.
  • M.S., Wildlife Biology, 1998. - University of Idaho, Moscow, ID.
  • B.S., Wildlife Biology, 1996. - University of Montana, Missoula, MT.


Blake joined the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute in September 2000, where he leads activities for the northern Rocky Mountain region of the USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI).

Research Projects

  • Long-term monitoring of amphibians and wetlands in the Desert Southwest, Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and Crown of the Continent Ecosystem.
  • Using citizen science to monitor wetland metacommunities in the Canadian Subarctic.
  • Measurement of the threat of climate to aquatic species, their capacity for local adaptation, and adaptive management to reduce threats.
  • Linking variation in stream flows and disease to metapopulation dynamics in arid ecosystems.
  • Integrating metapopulation ecology and landscape ecology for improved population viability analysis and conservation decision-making.
  • Quantifying the value of mitigation and other constructed wetlands.
  • Assessing the long-term effects of wildfires on amphibians in wilderness and managed forests.


For a listing of Blake's publications through the USGS, click here.


  • Jerry O'Neal Fellowship for research in Glacier National Park, 2009.