Gavin M. Jones

PhD student


I am broadly interested in developing ecological models that inform management decisions and improve conservation outcomes for at-risk species. My doctoral research focuses on (1) diagnosing the potential causes of recent declines in spotted owls (Strix occidentalis) in the Sierra Nevada, (2) understanding how spotted owls respond to emerging disturbance regimes that are increasingly characterized by large, severe wildfires, and (3) informing forest management efforts that balance old-forest species conservation and ecosystem restoration over the long-term.


M.S. Wildlife Ecology  |  U. of Wisconsin, 2015
B.S. Zoology & Conservation Biology  |  U. of Wisconsin, 2011


Google Scholar and ResearchGate

**please feel free to contact me for publication reprints**

Berigan, W. J.†, G. M. Jones†, S. A. Whitmore, R. J. Gutiérrez, M. Z. Peery (In Review) Wide-ranging individuals lead to false positive detections and upwardly-biased occupancy estimates. †co-lead authors

Jones, G. M., J. J. Keane, R. J. Gutiérrez, M. Z. Peery (2018) Declining old-forest species as a legacy of large trees lostDiversity and Distributions 24: 341-351.

Tempel, D. J., J. J. Keane, R. J. Gutiérrez, J. D. Wolfe, G. M. Jones, A. Koltunov, C. M. Ramirez, W. J. Berigan, C. V. Gallagher, T. E. Munton, P. A. Shaklee, S. A. Whitmore, M. Z. Peery (2016) Meta-analysis of California spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis) territory occupancy in the Sierra Nevada: habitat associations and their implications for forest managementThe Condor: Ornithological Applications 118: 747-765.

Jones, G. M., R. J. Gutiérrez, D. J. Tempel, S. A. Whitmore, W. J. Berigan, M. Z. Peery (2016) Megafires: an emerging threat to old-forest speciesFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14(6): 300-306.

Jones, G. M., R. J. Gutiérrez, D. J. Tempel, B. Zuckerberg, M. Z. Peery (2016) Using dynamic occupancy models to inform climate change adaptation strategies for California spotted owls. Journal of Applied Ecology 53: 895-905.

Tempel, D. J., R. J. Gutiérrez, J. J. Battles, D. L. Fry, Q. Guo, M. J. Reetz, S. A. Whitmore, G. M. Jones, B. M. Collins, S. L. Stephens, M. Kelly, W. J. Berigan, M. Z. Peery (2015) Evaluating short- and long-term impacts of fuels treatments and simulated wildfire on an old-forest speciesEcosphere 6(12): 261.

Moyer-Horner, L. R., P. D. Mathewson, G. M. Jones, M. R. Kearney, W. P. Porter (2015) Modeling behavioral thermoregulation in a climate change sentinel. Ecology and Evolution 5(24): 5810-5822.

Jones, G. M., B. Zuckerberg, A. Paulios (2012) The early bird gets earlier: A phenological shift in the migration timing of the American Robin (Turdus migratorius) in the state of WisconsinThe Passenger Pigeon 74(2): 131-142.


Peery, M. Z and G. M. Jones (2016) Using population viability analysis to assess the potential effects of Washington DNR forest management alternatives on marbled murreletsMarbled Murrelet Long-term Conservation Strategy, Appendix C, 86 p. [pre-print]


15 August 2016 – Sierra Club – “The burning question about spotted owls and fire

5 August 2016 – Capitol Public Radio (Sacramento) – “Megafires could threaten California spotted owl


British Ornithologists Union (2017-present)
Ecological Society of America (2014-present)
The Wildlife Society (2011-present)