Research Wildlife Biologist
Rocky Mountain Station
Southwest Forest Science Complex
2500 South Pine Knoll Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
- Stay relevant and productive as an RMRS scientist through continued raptor and threatened and endangered species research.
- Facilitate improved resource management, especially as related to mitigating anthropogenic disturbance and noise effects.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
- Completing precedent-setting, cooperative research (RMRS, USFS, U.S. Army CERL) into potential effects of logging truck noise on nesting northern goshawks in northern Arizona.
- Collaborating with Virginia Dept. Game & Inland Fisheries, West Virginia U, on 3-y aircraft/wind turbine collision risk assessment for Chesapeake Bay bald eagles.
- Co-convener, Sea Eagle Climate Change International Working Group, dedicated to using Haliaeetus species for measuring, monitoring, and modeling effects of global climate change.
- Long-term, 25-y, cooperative research (U of Maryland, Michigan State U, Voyageurs National Park, USFS, USFWS) using bald eagles as a biosentinel for Great Lakes' ecosystem health.
REALIZED MAJOR RESEARCH OUTPUTS
- Breeding bald eagle research - 8 reports, 30+ publications
- Wintering bald eagle research - 5 reports, 16+ publications
- Spotted owl, golden eagle, northern goshawk noise disturbance - 7 reports, 11+ publications
- Peregrine falcon, red-tailed hawk population, habitat, foraging - 3 reports, 4 publications
- New research technology/methodology - 11+ publications
KEY SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS
- Consultant, Southwest Bald Eagle Recovery Team - helped draft plan, define management/research needs, and provide research for species' recovery (1977-1986).
- With the Tonto National Forest biologist, conceived and developed Arizona's Bald Eagle Nest Watch Program which is still in use today 35 y later.
- Recognized as a national authority on bald eagles which entails regularly consulting on or participating in research and/or management throughout North America, and which has led to recent involvement with national efforts to study, manage, and protect golden eagles.
- Long term cooperative research on bald eagle nesting habitat, contaminants, disturbance, and management in Voyageurs' National Park, Minnesota.
- Continuing cooperation with U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory's (CERL) scientists to study the potential impacts of noise on wildlife.
OUTCOMES OF PAST RESEARCH, SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS, AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
- Mexican spotted owl/aircraft and northern goshawk/logging truck noise disturbance results facilitate management decisions nationwide and establish several new protocols for future threatened and endangered species noise-related research.
- Inventory, research, and cooperative efforts have facilitated management, protection, and subsequent growth of the Southwest's breeding and wintering bald eagle populations.
- Helped reestablish two populations of breeding bald eagles in California, and pioneered initial research on populations in Alaska, Florida, Washington, Arizona/New Mexico, and the Great Lakes, during a career that began in the 60's.
- Provided liaison and field impetus to conduct first state wide peregrine falcon population and habitat surveys in cooperation with the Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
ANTICIPATED OUTCOME OF CURRENT EFFORTS
- Establishing sea eagles (Genus Haliaeetus) as effective international biosentinels for global climate change while developing long term adaptive management strategies geared to protecting these species and their habitats in a changing world.
- Critical habitat protection, improved management, risk avoidance, and better understanding of nesting and wintering bald and golden eagle ecology.
- A better understanding of potential impacts and management considerations for recreational, military, and industrial related noise generating activity on forest-dwelling spotted owls and northern goshawks, nesting golden eagles, and other wildlife.