TitleAssistant Unit Leader to USGS SD Coop Unit, Associate Professor
Office BuildingEdgar S. McFadden Biostress Lab
Mailing AddressMcFadden Biostress Laboratory 201A
Natural Resource Management-Box 2140B
Brookings, SD 57007
BiographyI grew up in rural Northwest Oregon with a general love for wildlife and the outdoors. I took up waterfowl hunting in my late teens, which helped direct my career path as it became a passion. My academic training has taken me from migration, to breeding, to wintering regions of importance to waterfowl and helped me understand the integrated annual cycle ducks and geese experience. After serving as Director of the Steven Forbes Biological Station and Frank C. Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center with the Illinois Natural History Survey for 7 years, I was presented with the opportunity to return to South Dakota State (where I did my M.S.) to work for the USGS Coop Unit – a dream job of mine. Now, as before, I strive to conduct research, mentor graduate students, and publish works that will help ensure harvestable populations of waterfowl for future generations.
If you would like my CV or more information, please feel free to contact me at my sdstate email address noted above. Thank you!
EducationB.S. – Oregon State University (Wildlife Science) 1997
M.S. – South Dakota State University (Wildlife) 2000
Ph.D. – Mississippi State University (Forest Resources, Wildlife) 2004
Academic InterestsEcology of foraging and migrating avifaunal, annual-cycle dynamics, breeding ecology, movement ecology.
Waterfowl and Wetland Ecology and Management
Professional MembershipsPresident, South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society (2017-2018)
Member – The Wildlife Society (1997-Present)
Journal of Wildlife Management (2015-present)
Wildlife Society Bulletin (2014-present)