Research conducted in the Phillips lab is in the broad area of population biology, especially the genetic, demographic, and behavioral parameters of populations of species—in other words, life history or natural history. This includes traditional studies of single populations using capture–mark–recapture (via telemetry, visual surveys, trapping, drift fences, cover boards, etc.), but also documenting the distribution of genetic variation within and among populations (population structure) and disease dynamics, often-overlooked components of a species’ life history. I am also interested in inventory and monitoring of populations, especially as it relates to issues of statistical rigor and design of protocols.  Recently I have broadened my research interests to include wildlife health.