Academic Staff & Students

Academic Staff

Post-doctoral Fellows

Dr. Michael Guttery (Chris Ribic).  Dr. Guttery is working on a joint USGS-USFWS-WDNR grassland bird project. He will be designing and implementing an evaluation program for the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative’s strategic grassland implementation plan.  This evaluation plan will test assumptions behind Grassland Bird Conservation Areas and allow for annual tracking of bird populations and habitat changes within three focal landscapes in southern Wisconsin.

Dr. Joy Liao (Mike Samuel).  Joy is working on the project to evaluate future climate impacts on avian malaria in Hawaii forest birds.  She will be enhancing current models of avian malaria, evaluating how climate change will impact mosquito populations, disease transmission, and native bird populations.  She will also evaluate alternative management actions to mitigate malaria impacts on birds.

Dr. Donald Brown (Chris Ribic).  Don is working on a project to evaluate future climate impacts on the federally endangered Kirtland’s warbler. He will be working with the Kirtland’s Warbler Recovery team to develop spatially-explicit models to predict potential habitat shifts on winter and breeding areas and develop a population viability assessment which links survivorship and productivity to climate and habitat changes.  Project results will be incorporated into the Kirtland’s Warbler Conservation Plan currently under development.

Dr. Lisa McCauley (Chris Ribic and Ben Zuckerberg).  Lisa is working on a project to develop a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) framework for identifying demographic sensitivities of grassland birds to past and future climate variability. She will be working with partners to understand the implications of climate change to the future management and selection of grassland bird conservation areas.

Dr. Daniel Wolcott (Chris Ribic). Daniel is working in collaboration with the US Forest Service (Rhinelander, WI) to analyze a long-term dataset on beavers from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.  The purpose of the project is to provide science-based information to support inventory and monitoring efforts that contribute to the management of ecosystems and activities on the forest. Dr. Wolcott will also be working on a synthesis project involving grassland bird nesting phenology in Wisconsin.

Academic Staff

Albert Beck (Chris Ribic). Mr. Beck is working in collaboration with the US Forest Service (Rhinelander, WI) to analyze long-term datasets (beavers, amphibians) from the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and to archive long-term datasets from USFS natural research areas and experimental forests.  The purpose of the projects are to provide science-based information to support inventory and monitoring efforts that contribute to the management of ecosystems and activities on the forest and to document previously collected data and make it available to the public as part of the USFS Research

Research Interns

Erica Diehl (Chris Ribic). Ms. Diehl is working in collaboration with the US Forest Service archive long-term datasets from USFS natural research areas and experimental forests. The purpose of the project is to document previously collected data and make it available to the public as part of the USFS Research Data Archive.

Phillip Hohensee (Mike Samuel).  Mr. Hohensee is working on a synthesis/summary of economic expenditures and valuation of wildlife resources in the US.

Ian Plummer (Mike Samuel).  Mr. Plummer is working a project to investigate the environmental reservoirs of Chronic Wasting Disease prions in the affected areas of Wisconsin.

Graduate Students

BJ Byers (M.S., Chris Ribic). BJ’s research project is looking at the effect of fall biomass harvest on grassland birds and ducks on the Leopold Wetland management District. This project is a collaborative project with the Departments of Agronomy and Entomology and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Samantha Asper ((M.S., Chris Ribic). Samantha is a student in Agroecology and is working on documenting bird use of grazed public lands at Buena Vista as part of the Hatch multidisciplinary project on grazing public lands.

Julia Poje (M.S., Mike Samuel).  Julia is studying the impacts of ambient temperature and burrow temperature on prairie dog fleas which are the main vector of sylvatic plague.

Undergraduate Students

Michael Dunn (Wildlife, UW-Stevens Point) and Sara Kelso (Environmental Science, Michigan Tech University) (Chris Ribic). Michael and Sara are working with the US Forest Service to sample fire monitoring plots within Moquah Barrens RNA and Moquah Barrens Wildlife Management Area, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

Noah Larsen (Mathematics and statistics, Skidmore College; Chris Ribic) Noah is being trained as a student data archivist at the Rocky Mountain Research Stations as part of a project with the US Forest Service. The purpose of the project is to train students in modern data archiving standards by having them work on previously collected data to make it available to the public as part of the USFS Research Data Archive.