Graduate Students

Current Students

  • Ray Buchheit, M.S. candidate - Blood parasite prevalence in emperor and cackling geese nesting on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (co-advisor: Joel Schumtz, Alaska Science Center).
  • Kyle Cutting, Ph.D. candidate - Breeding ecology of greater sage-grouse in southwestern Montana.
  • Adam Kehoe, M.S. candidate - Breeding ecology of white-headed woodpeckers in Idaho. (co-advisor: Vicki Saab, USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station)
  • Cody Deane, M.S. candidate - Harvest ecology and demographics of Lesser Scaup breeding in southwest Montana.
  • Matt Dresser, M.S. candidate - Nesting ecology of cavity-nesting birds in western U.S. forests affected by pine beetle outbreaks.   (co-advisor: Vicki Saab, USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station)
  • Paul Kanive, Ph.D. candidate - Population dynamics study of white sharks off the central California coast.
  • Kaitlin Macdonald, M.S. candidate - Population ecology of Weddell seals in Erebus Bay, Antarctica
  • Terrill Paterson, Ph.D. candidate - Population ecology of Weddell seals in Erebus Bay, Antarctica.

Recently Completed Dissertations & Theses

  • Skone, B. 2014. An assessment of the usefulness of winter wheat for nesting dabbling ducks in North and South Dakota. M.S. thesis. 42 pp.
  • Chambert, T. 2013. Individual and environmental variability in a population of long-lived marine mammals. Ph.D. dissertation. 161 pp.
  • Kanive, P. 2013. Estimating apparent survival of sub-adult and adult white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) in central California using mark-recapture methods. M.S. thesis. 23 pp.
  • Stauffer, G. 2012. Variation in temporary emigration and survival rates and implications for recruitment for female Weddell seals. Ph.D. dissertation. 137 pp.
  • Mosher, B. 2011.  Avian community response to a mountain pine beetle epidemic.  M.S. thesis. 55 pp. (co-advisor : Vicki Saab, USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station).
  • Hockenbary, C. 2011. Exploring relationships among recreation, habitat type, and Mexican spotted owls on the Colorado Plateau in Southern Utah. M.S. thesis, 76 pp. (co-advisor: David Willey, Montana State University)
  • Walker, J. 2011.  Survival of Duck Nests, Distribution of Duck Broods, and Habitat Conservation Targeting in the Prairie Pothole Region. Ph.D. dissertation at University of Alaska-Fairbanks.  (co-advisor: Mark Lindberg, University of Alaska-Fairbanks)
  • Fields, S. P. 2011. Factors influencing the density and distribution of breeding waterfowl in north-central Montana.  M.S. thesis.  112 pp.
  • Cutting, K.A. 2010. Nutrient allocation to egg formation of lesser scaup. M.S. thesis. 74 pp.
  • Forristal, C.  2009. Influence of post-wildfire timber harvest on black-backed woodpecker (Picoides arcticus) nest survival and nest site selection.  M.S. thesis.  93 pp.  (co-advisor: Vicki Saab, USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station)
  • Hadley, G.L. 2006.  Recruitment probabilities and reproductive costs for Weddell seals in Erebus Bay, Antarctica.  Ph.D. dissertation.  128 pp.
  • Paugh, J. I.  2006.  Common loon nesting ecology in northwest Montana.  M.S. thesis.  90 pp. (co-advisor: David Willey, Fish  & Wildlife Management Program, Montana State University)
  • Carle, R.J.  2006.  Factors affecting nest survival of three species of migrant songbirds in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  M.S. thesis.  89 pp.
  • Sika, J. 2006.  Breeding ecology, survival rates, and causes of mortality of hunted and nonhunted greater sage-grouse in central Montana.  M.S. thesis. 118 pp.
  • Wisinski, C. 2006.  Survival and summer habitat selection of male greater sage-grouse (Centocercus urophasianus) in Southwestern Montana.  M.S. thesis. 76 pp.
  • Newlon, K.  2005.  Demography of Lewis’s woodpecker, breeding bird densities, and riparian aspen integrity in a grazed landscape. M.S. thesis.  101 pp. (co-advisor: Vicki Saab, USDA Rocky Mountain Research Station)
  • Warren, J.M.  2004.  Effects of cattle grazing on upland nesting duck production in the Aspen Parkland.  M.S. thesis.  74 pp.
  • Stephens, S. S. 2003.  The Influence of Landscape Characteristics on Duck Nesting Success in the Missouri Coteau Region of North Dakota.  Ph.D. dissertation.  169 pp.
  • Howerter, D. W.  2003.  Factors affecting duck nesting in the aspen parklands: a spatial analysis.  Ph.D. dissertation. 135 pp.
  • Schomburg, J.W. 2003.  Development and evaluation of predictive models for managing golden eagle electrocutions.  M.S. thesis.  98 pp.  (co-advisor: Alan Harmata, Fish  & Wildlife Management Program, Montana State University) 
  • Koons, D.K.  2001.  Lesser scaup breeding ecology in the Canadian Parklands.  M.S. thesis.  49 pp.
  • Oechsli, L.M.  2000.  Ex-urban development in the Rocky Mountain West: consequences for native vegetation, wildlife diversity, and land-use planning in Big Sky, Montana.  M.S. thesis.  108 pp.
  • Johnson, D.E. 1999.  Ruffed grouse productivity and habitat selection at the base of the Beartooth Plateau in southcentral Montana.  M.S. thesis.  86 pp.
  • Hoffman, N.J. 1997. Distribution of Picoides woodpeckers in relation to habitat disturbance within the Yellowstone area. M.S. thesis. 74 pp.
  • Thorpe, P.P. 1997. Temporal and spatial variation in habitat selection and movements of female mallards in the Parklands of Canada.  M.S. thesis.  52 pp.
  • Bacon, L.M. 1996. Nesting ecology of the interior least tern on the Yellowstone River, Montana. M.S. thesis. 69 pp.
  • Bosquet, K. 1996. Breeding ecology of sharp-tailed grouse on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, Montana. M.S. thesis. 56 pp.
  • Butler, M.A. 1996. The validity of using artificial nests to assess nest-predation rates in prairie-nesting ducks. M.S. thesis. 82 pp.
  • Clawson, M.R. 1996. An investigation of factors that may affect nest success in CRP lands and other grassland habitats in an agricultural landscape in southwestern Montana. M.S. thesis. 45 pp.
  • Podruzny, K.M. 1996. Radiotelemetry error: factors affecting bearing error and the ultimate effects of triangulation error on determining habitat use. M.S. thesis. 104 pp.
  • Zelenak, J.R. 1996. Breeding ecology of ferruginous hawks at the Kevin Rim in northern Montana. M.S. thesis. 74 pp.
Updated: 02/25/2015