Research Wildlife Biologist (Post-doctoral Ecologist)
USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station
1648 South 7th Avenue
Montana State University Campus
Bozeman, MT 59717-2780
- Ph.D., University of California (Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology), 2009
(Dissertation: The influence of predation on avian nest habitat selection and the processes underlying nest predation patterns)
- B. S., University of California, Davis (Wildlife and Fisheries Biology), 1998
- Application of ecological models to inform wildlife conservation and management
- Interrelationships between avian nest site selection, nest predation risk, and brood parasitism
- Causes and consequences of habitat selection in animals
- Applying habitat suitability models and occupancy models to describe and understand forest woodpecker distributions.
- Simulation study of bias in occupancy model estimation of habitat relationships and occupancy trends.
- Analysis of avian community responses to wildfire (collaboration with V. Saab, J. Sanderlin, and W. Block).
- Review of literature describing wildlife responses to mountain pine beetle outbreak (collaboration with V. Saab, M. Rowland, and T. Johnson).
- Latif, Q. S., S. K. Heath, J. T. Rotenberry. 2012. Effects of parents and Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater) on nest predation risk for a songbird. Ecology and Evolution 2: 3079-3097. PDF
- Latif, Q. S., S. K. Heath, J. T. Rotenberry. 2012. How avian nest site selection responds to predation risk: testing an "adaptive peak hypothesis". Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 127-138.
- Latif, Q. S., S. K. Heath, J. T. Rotenberry. 2011. An "ecological trap" for Yellow Warbler nest microhabitat selection. Oikos 120: 1139-1150.
- Latif, Q. S., S. K. Heath, G. Ballard. 2012. The nest predator assemblage for songbirds in Mono Lake basin riparian habitats. Western North American Naturalist 72: 276-287.
- Latif, Q. S., K. D. Fleming, C. Barrows, J. T. Rotenberry. 2012. Modeling seasonal detection patterns for burrowing owl surveys. Wildlife Society Bulletin 36: 155-160.
- Latif, Q. S., J. L. Grenier, S. K. Heath, G. Ballard, and M. Hauber. 2006. First evidence of conspecific brood parasitism in song sparrows with comments on methods sufficient to document this behavior. Condor 108: 452-458.
- Heath, S.K., C. McCreedy, and Q. S. Latif. 2006. Recovering mixed willow black cottonwood riparian. Bird Populations 7:97-98.