The Greek poet Archilochus once said, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.'' I've always viewed myself more as a fox than a hedgehog. My PhD research largely focused on methods for performing population viability analysis (Conservation Biology), I then worked for 2&1/2 years at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (Fisheries) in Olympia, WA, followed by 10 years as a wildlife biometrician with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. A common theme throughout my research has been the use of quantitative methods to make conclusions from what often tends to be messy data.
Currently, I have students developing methods for modeling regime shifts in shallow lakes, evaluating camera-based study designs for monitoring multiple carnivore species, and exploring the distribution, habitat use, and migration of sandhill cranes that breed in MN. I am also serving as a lead-PI on a project aimed at developing cost-effective methods for surveying zebra mussels in newly infected lakes. Although I'm open to working on a variety of problems, much of my past research has tended to fall into one of 5 main categories:
- Population dynamic models (with an emphasis on population viability analysis)
- Abundance Estimation
- Habitat Selection and Species Distribution Models
- Animal movement Modeling
- Home Range Estimation
- Time-to-event Models