Connor M. Wood

PhD Student
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My primary interests are understanding the persistence of populations and ecological processes, and the effects of increasing human pressure on the natural world. My research focuses on (i) developing and implementing a landscape-scale bioacoustic monitoring program for spotted owls and other species in the Sierra Nevada, and (ii) leveraging the resources invested in high-profile species to study whole ecological communities.

We have deployed an array of passive acoustic recording units across the northern Sierra Nevada to monitor spotted and barred owl population change using dynamic occupancy models, and plan to extract vocalizations of far more species from the raw audio in the near future. We have also deployed GPS tags on barred owls to study their movement and spatial ecology at the forefront of their expanding range. Owl locations are updated periodically here.


M.Sc. Wildlife Ecology  |  University of Maine, 2016
B.A. Conservation Biology  |  Middlebury College, 2011


Wood, C. M. and G. Jones. In PressFraming management of social-ecological systems in terms of the cost of failure: the Sierra Nevada, USA as a case study. Environmental Research Letters. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ab4033.

Wood, C. M., S. M. Schmidt, and M. Z. Peery. In Press. Spatiotemporal patterns in California spotted owl territorial vocalization behavior. Western Birds.

Wood, C. M., R. J. Gutiérrez, and M. Z. Peery. 2019. Acoustic monitoring reveals a diverse forest owl community, illustrating its potential for basic and applied ecology. Ecology: e02764

Wood, C. M., V. Popescu, H. Klinck, J. J. Keane, R. J. Gutiérrez, S. C. Sawyer, and M. Z. Peery. 2019. Detecting small changes in populations at landscape scales: A bioacoustic site-occupancy framework. Ecological Indicators 98: 492-507.

Wood, C. M., S. A. Whitmore, R. J. Gutiérrez, S. C. Sawyer, J. J. Keane, and M. Z. Peery. 2018. Using metapopulation models to assess species conservation – ecosystem restoration trade-offs. Biological Conservation 224: 248-257.

Wood, C. M., S. T. McKinney, and C. S. LoftinIntraspecific functional diversity of common species enhances community stability. Ecology and Evolution 7(5): 1553-1560.

Wood, C. M., J. W. Witham, and M. L. Hunter Jr. 2016. Climate-driven range shifts are a stochastic process at a local level: two flying squirrel species in Maine. Ecosphere 7(2):e01240.

Wood, C. M. and S. T. McKinney. 2015. Record long-distance movement of a Deer Mouse, Peromyscus maniculatus, in a New England montane boreal forest. Canadian Field-Naturalist 129(2): 181-182.

Under Review: Wood, C. M., R. J. Gutiérrez, J. J. Keane, and M. Z. Peery. Early detection of rapid Barred Owl population growth within the range of the California Spotted Owl invokes the Precautionary Principle. The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

Under Review: Wood, C.M., S.T. McKinney, C.S. Loftin, and Z. Loman. Testing prediction accuracy in a short-term ecological study.