Quantitative Ecology


I have a Masters degree in statistics, and quantitative approaches to wildlife conservation and management have always seemed important to me.  Although I do not expect my students to be biometricians, I do expect their research to be statistically rigorous, and we have the necessary resources here to train students quantitatively.  In addition, however, many of my students are interested in developing an exceptionally strong quantitative foundation, and WSFNR is a great place to do that too.  Check out the web sites of some of the other quantitative fish and wildlife faculty (e.g., John CarrollMike Conroy, Clint Moore, Jim Peterson) and some of their courses, especially Estimation of Fish and Wildlife Population Parameters.  Collectively, I think we offer one of the best places in the country to learn about quantitative wildlife ecology and management (also see Cooper et al. 2001).

Within the overall area of quantitative ecology, we have specialized in several areas especially pertinent to wildlife and especially ecosystem management, including population viability analysis, estimation of population parameters, and adaptive management.  We have recently published papers involving modeling of population viability  (e.g., Mattsson and Cooper in press, Mattsson et al. in review), population response to pesticide application (Marshall et al. 2002), estimating and modeling nest success (Hazler 2004, Mordecai et al. in review), and survival estimation (Marshall et al. 2004).