S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
Shantell Garrett is a doctoral student in the Wildland Resources Department at Utah State University. She was born and raised in Utah, and has a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, the various ecosystems within the state. She joined the ecology program in fall 2019 seeking a degree in wildlife ecology. Her current research, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, is focused on food-web dynamics in rangeland ecosystems, and she conducts her research in the Henry Mountains of South-central Utah. She is interested in how wildlife interactions effect primary production and shape the vegetation community; specifically, the differential effects of grazing by lagomorphs and ungulates as mediated by predation.
In addition to her research, Shantell has been a graduate student teacher with Utah State University since 2019. She has taught the Mammalogy Lab for the last three years and was a graduate teaching assistant for genetics in conservation and management in 2020. Her work as a student teacher for the Mammalogy Lab earned her the 2022 Student Teacher of the Year award in the Quinney College of Natural Resources. When Shantell isn’t teaching or working on research, she enjoys incorporating science into art projects or exploring the outdoors.