Dr. Ulappa is a Boise State Alum recently returned to share her new knowledge with Boise State students. She graduated from BSU with an emphasis in Zoology and got her Masters in Biology as well. Afterwards she continued on Washington State University where she received her Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology.
Her research has focused on the foraging dynamics of specialist and generalist herbivores in the wild and captivity plus understanding cues they use to select plants with foraging. Study species she has worked with include sage-grouse, pygmy rabbits, and mule and black-tailed deer and she currently continues collaborative research with these species and other herbivores in a variety of habitats.
Dr. Ulappa is interested in links between behavior, morphology, and physiology are important for understanding animal decision-making and ecology and the classes she teaches focus on these areas. her goal in the classroom is to help students at all levels appreciate these links, think critically, and ask questions. Additionally, she is passionate about working with K-12 students through educational outreach and teaching undergraduate students how to communicate their science with a variety of audiences.