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Brent Pease

Brent Pease, Assistant Professor


Dr. Brent Pease is an assistant professor of biodiversity conservation in the Forestry Program at Southern Illinois University. His research interests include ecology and conservation of wildlife, species distribution modeling, citizen science, applied spatial ecology, and landscape ecology.


Dr. Pease’s research addresses a diverse set of applied issues in wildlife conservation and management, ranging from understanding large-scale changes in wildlife distribution and abundance, to developing sampling protocols for species of conservation concern, and evaluating harvest regulations for game species. To address these issues, his research uses observational and experimental fieldwork combined with quantitative modeling and spatial analysis to inform state and regional management strategies. He also leads and contributes to a range of Citizen Science projects and works to incorporate these efforts into his research program. Dr. Pease teaches courses on wildlife monitoring, spatial ecology, data management and analysis, and more. Further information can be found at Dr. Pease’s website:

Brent Pease
Phone: 618-453-7474
Location: Agriculture Building, Room 184
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Ecology and conservation of wildlife; species distribution modeling; citizen science; applied spatial ecology; landscape ecology

Courses Taught

  • FOR 305 – Wildlife Monitoring
  • FOR 312 – Data Management and Analysis
  • FOR 411 – Forest Resources Economics
  • FOR 561 – Spatial Ecology

Descriptions are available for each of these classes in course listings for Forestry [FOR].


  • Ph.D., North Carolina State University 2021
  • M.Sc., Southern Illinois University 2017
  • B.Sc., Colorado State University 2014

Recent Publications

Google Scholar profile

  • Crandall, K., Pease, B.S., Simmons, A., Adamovicz, L.A., and Cove, M.V. Accepted. Raccoon roundworm remains undetected in endangered Key Largo woodrat endemic range. Journal of Wildlife Disease.

  • Kreh, C., B.S. Pease, and K. Pacifici. 2023. Efficacy of Autonomous Recording Units to Evaluate Wild Turkey Gobbling Chronology in North Carolina, USA. Wildlife Society Bulletin e1433

  • Pease, B.S., Pacifici, K., Kays, R. and Reich, B., 2022. What drives spatially varying ecological relationships in a wide‐ranging species?. Diversity and Distributions, 28(9), pp.1752-1768.

  • Pease, B.S., Pacifici, K. and Kays, R., 2022. Exploring spatial nonstationarity for four mammal species reveals regional variation in environmental relationships. Ecosphere, 13(8), p.e4166.

  • Casola, W.R., Peterson, M.N., Wu, Y., Sills, E.O., Pease, B.S. and Pacifici, K., 2022. Measuring the value of public hunting land using a hedonic approach. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 27(4), pp.343-359.

  • Kays, R.W., M. Lasky, B.S. Pease, A.W. Parsons, and K. Pacifici. 2021. Evaluation of the spatial biases and sample size of a statewide citizen science project. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice.

  • Cove, M.C. and B.S. Pease. 2021. Is it an omnivore's world? A comment on dietary traits in multispecies hierarchical models. Biological Conservation

  • Casola, W.R., M.N. Peterson, Y. Wu, E.O. Sills, B.S. Pease, and K. Pacifici. 2021. Measuring the value of public hunting land using a hedonic approach. Human Dimensions of Wildlife

  • Gilbert, N.A., B.S. Pease, C.M. Anhalt-Depies, J.D.J. Clare, J.L. Stenglein, P.A. Townsend, T.R. Van Deelen, and B.Zuckerberg. 2021. Integrating harvest and camera trap data in species distribution models. Biological Conservation

  • Pease, B.S., K. Pacifici, and J. Collazo. 2021. Survey design optimization for monitoring wildlife communities in areas managed for federally endangered species. Animal Conservation

  • Lasky, M., A.W., Parsons, S. Schuttler, A. Mash, L. Larson, B., Norton, B.S. Pease, H. Boone, L. Gatens, R.W. Kays. 2021. Studying Large-Scale Ecological Questions with Camera Traps and Citizen Scientists. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 6(1).

  • Kays, R.W., C. Beirne, H. Boone, M.Bowler, M.V. Cove, P. Ding, C. Hansen, P. Jansen, J. Millspaugh, W. McShea, K.Pacifici, A.W. Parsons, B.S. Pease, X. Si, S. Shuttler, and M. Snider. 2020. An empirical evaluation of camera trap study design: how many, how long, and which season? Methods in Ecology and Evolution

  • Pease, B.S., E.J. Holzmueller, and C.K. Nielsen. 2019. Influence of forest structure and composition on summer habitat use of wildlife in an upland hardwood forest. Diversity 11, no. 9: 160. DOI: 10.3390/d11090160