Tim graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in Wildlife Science and a M.S. in Range Science. His thesis research consisted of using machine learning algorithms to model the spatial and temporal (25 years) distributions of medusahead (Taeniatherum caput-medusae) in the Channeled Scablands region of Eastern Washington. This research has led to a better understand on the invasive properties of medusahead, so management can more informed decisions to protect and improve western rangelands. During his time at Utah State University Tim was heavily involved with research and has participated in both the Wildlife Society and Society for Range Management conferences. As an undergraduate Tim was secondary author on a paper identifying the supplement preferences of elk to potentially aid in improving rangeland conditions. He is currently in the publication process for his graduate research on medusahead. His passion is utilizing advanced statistical learning to model and accurately map complex landscape systems using remote sensing and geospatial techniques. His knowledge and experience has led to the development of accurate and statistically valid products across millions of acres that help answer ecological questions.
- Braithwaite, H., Bateman, T. M., Veblen, K. E., Thacker, E. and Villalba, J. J. (2016), Identification of elk preferences for different diet supplements. Wildl. Soc. Bull., 40: 368–374. doi:10.1002/wsb.633
Tim began working for Open Range Consulting in the Spring of 2014 where he has worked closely with Eric. He has accurately mapped millions of acres of riparian and rangeland systems in the West. He has helped develop field software that has facilitated the data collection process for ORC, private, and government land managers. His goals are to constantly improve his statistical modeling and predictive skillset for ecological systems as well as working closely with clients to improve ORC products.