Josh Layfield Graduate Research Associate

Josh grew up in the Great Appalachian Valley of Tennessee, and attended the University of Tennessee- Knoxville where he found his passion for birds working as a field technician on a project investigating the effects of cattle grazing strategies in native warm season grass pastures on nesting songbirds. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Wildlife and Fisheries science in 2016, Josh has worked for the United States Forest Service as a ranger technician and type II Wildland Fighter on the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont, and as a Reservoir Operations Manager for a water supplier in western Massachusetts. In 2020, Josh's dream of working with birds began to take form when he was accepted to the graduate program at the University of Wyoming in the department of Zoology and Physiology. His graduate research with the Teton Raptor Center will evaluate factors influencing the habitat selection and space use of migratory golden eagles wintering in Wyoming. During his spare time, Josh is all about being outdoors birding or wading the waters of the North Platte River. Josh lives in Casper, WY with his wife Riley and their two pups Pippin and Myotis.

Photo: Josh with a rainbow trout he caught.

Favorite Raptor(s): Northern Goshawk and Golden Eagle

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