Professional Activities

Unit Leader:

  • Member, wildlife subcommittee, Wisconsin State Technical Committee, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (July 2006-present)
  • Member, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, Grassland subcommittee (September 2009 – present)
  • Editor-in-Chief, The Wildlife Society Bulletin (Jan. 2014-present)

Assistant Unit Leader:

    • Assistant Editor of the Journal of Wildlife Diseases
    • Wisconsin DNR CWD Health and Science Advisory Team
    • Board Member on The Wildlife Society Wildlife Disease Working Group


Byers, C. and BJ Byers.  2016.  Field day to identify grassland birds in a managed grazing system. Presentation and pasture walk, Southwest Badger Conservation and Development Council. Highland, WI, 18 June 2016.

Liao, J., M. D. Samuel, M. D., C. T. Atkinson, D. A LaPointe, O. E. Timm, and C. Zhang.  2016.  Trouble in Paradise: Avian Malaria, climate change, and the demise of Hawaiian Forest Birds.  Webinar Pacific Climate Science Center, May 4 2016. (Invited and Presented)

Ribic, C., M. Guttery, C. Trosen, A. Paulios, and D. Sample.  2016.  Landscape-scale management of grassland birds in Wisconsin.  Southwest Grasslands and Stream Conservation Area Partnership Meeting, June 1, 2016, Dodgeville, WI.

Samuel, M. D., J. M. Liao, C. T. Atkinson, D. A. LaPointe, O. E. Timm, and C Zhang.  2016.  Avian malaria, climate change, and the demise of Hawaiian forest birds.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Honolulu, HI June 9, 2016.  (Presented)

Samuel, M. D.  2016.  Presentation to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources leadership staff on frequency and density dependent CWD transmission.  July 6, 2016. (Invited).

Ribic, C. A. 2016. Grassland Birds in Wisconsin: life (and death) in an agricultural landscape. Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology Departmental Seminar, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 30 September 2016. (Invited)

Samuel, M. D.  2016.  Presentation on CWD in cervids to the Assembly of First Nations.  Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 28 September 2016.  (Invited)

Asper, S. and C.A. Ribic. 2016. Grassland bird species abundance on grazed and non-grazed lands at Buena Vista Wildlife Area, WI. UW-Madison Science and Medicine Graduate Research Scholars annual poster session, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 30 September 2016.

Unit research featured in the following:

Fatal deer disease nears Idaho.  Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 2, 2016.

Fatal deer disease nears Idaho.  The Spokesman-Review, April 7, 2016.

The plan to rescue Hawaii’s birds with genetic engineering.  Biomedicine May 11, 2016.

Wasting away: Some fear that chronic wasting disease is spinning out of control.  Captial Times, May 18, 2016.

Bakken Oil Development Can Damage Critical Grassland Bird Habitat. US Geological Survey news release, October 2015.

Wisconsin Public Radio interview of M. D. Samuel on Chronic Wasting Disease, September 15, 2016.


M. D. Samuel.  Expert consultant to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on Chronic Wasting Disease.  May 11-13, 2016

C.A. Ribic. Expert consultant on US EPA bird productivity modeling, 23 May 2016