Terrill with ice pick Antarctica

Degrees Held

M.S., Statistics, Montana State University, 2014
M.S., Geosciences, University of Texas - Austin, 2004

Degree Sought

Ph.D., Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University


Dr. Jay Rotella

Current Research

My larger focus is on animal population ecology, with a particular interest in the drivers of population dynamics.  Currently, I am working on the evolution of life history trade-offs in the presence of individual heterogeneity, and the implication(s) for populations, using the population of Weddell seals in Erebus Bay, Antarctica as a model organism.  My work relies very heavily on modeling and estimation, and I approach these problems from a Bayesian perspective.  


I grew up in Bozeman, with two parents who worked for Montana State University.  I graduated from the University of Montana with degrees in Mathematics and Geology before I left for graduate school in Austin, Texas.  After working as a geologist, then a middle-school and high-school teacher, I returned to Bozeman to get a graduate degree in Statistics before I was lucky enough to join Dr. Rotella and Dr. Garrott on the Antarctic project.  I am the proud husband of Lindsay Hall, a middle-school teacher at Sacajawea in Bozeman, the proud father of my son, Aiden Fox, and the proud pack-leader for my three dogs.