Marcus Blum

Assistant Research Scientist (979) 314-5166 Curriculum Vitae

As an assistant research scientist for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, Marcus's research focuses primarily on game and large mammal species such as bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, pronghorn, and moose. He uses a combination of frequentist, machine learning, and Bayesian analyses to study animal behavior, movement, competition, nutrition, and population demographics within a variety of ecosystems. 

Prior to joining NRI, Marcus received a bachelor's degree in Range and Wildlife Management from Texas A&M University Kingsville. Following his undergraduate, he moved west and studied mule deer migrations and the influence of mining for his master's and bighorn sheep reproductive ecology, nutrition, and movement for his doctorate at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also worked with mule deer movements and chronic wasting disease as a postdoctoral scholar at Utah State University.

Outside of work, Marcus spends most of his time with his wife and daughter on their property outside of College Station. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, working on his ranchette, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.