Gavin M. Jones

PhD Candidate


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**

Peery, M. Z, G. M. Jones, R. J. Gutiérrez, S. M. Redpath, A. B. Franklin, D. Simberloff, M. G. Turner, V. C. Radeloff, and G. C. White (In Press) The conundrum of agenda-driven science in conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Jones*, G. M. and M. Z. Peery (In Press) Phantom interactions: use odds ratios or risk misinterpreting logistic regression and occupancy models. The Condor: Ornithological Applications.

Berigan, W. J.†, G. M. Jones†, S. A. Whitmore, R. J. Gutiérrez, M. Z. Peery (In PressCryptic wide-ranging movements lead to upwardly-biased occupancy in a territorial speciesJournal of Applied Ecology. 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]


1 March 2018 – The Wildlife Professional, Science in Short – “Logging legacy still affects spotted owls

28 December 2017 – Jefferson Public Radio (Oregon) – “Researchers watch spotted owl numbers drop in California

6 December 2017 – UW News – “Decades-past logging still threatens spotted owls in national forests

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


American Ornithological Society (2018-present)
British Ornithologists Union (2017-present)
Ecological Society of America (2014-present)
The Wildlife Society (2011-present)