BRIAN ALAN MAURER





Born:               August 18, 1954.

Address:        Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

                        Michigan State University

                        East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone:            (517) 353-9478

Fax:                 (517) 432-1699





Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, B.S., 1977

            Major:  Zoology


West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, M.S., 1980

            Major:  Wildlife Management

            Thesis Topic:  Avian foraging and habitat structure.


University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, M.S., 1982

            Major:  Statistics

            Thesis Topic:  Repeated measures in bioassay.


University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, Ph.D., 1984

            Major:  Wildlife Ecology

            Minor:  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Dissertation Topic:  Environmental heterogeneity and avian community structure.




Graduate Research Assistant, 1978 - 1980

            Division of Forestry

            West Virginia University


Graduate Assistant, 1980

            Department of Statistics

            Brigham Young University


Statistical Programming Consultant, 1981 - 1983

            College of Agriculture

            University of Arizona


Visiting Assistant Professor and Research Associate, 1984 - 1986

            Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

            University of Arizona


Assistant Professor, 1986 - 1992

Associate Professor, 1992 - 1999

            Department of Zoology

            Brigham Young University


Visiting Scientist, 1988

            Lanzhou University

            People’s Republic of China


Research Associate in Community Ecology, 1994-1995

Museum of Natural History

University of Kansas


Distinguished Researcher in Residence, 1997

            Mountain Research Center

            Montana State University


Associate Professor, 1999 - present

            Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

            Department of Geography

            Michigan State University




Population and community ecology of vertebrates

Conservation biology and wildlife management

Macroecology and macroevolution

Ecological and evolutionary theory

Statistical ecology and biometry

Nonlinear dynamics and fractals in ecological systems




American Ornithologists' Union, Elective Member 1993

Ecological Society of America

Society for Conservation Biology




Contributing editor,  Studies in Avian Biology 13, 1993.

Associate Editor, Great Basin Naturalist, 1990-1993.

Editorial Advisory Board, Biodiversity Letters, 1992-1997.

Editorial Advisory Board, Diversity and Distributions, 1997-1998

Board of Editors, Ecology and Ecological Monographs, 1995-1997.

Editorial Advisory Board, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 1999 - 2002

Board of Editors, Ecological Applications, 2000 - present

Editorial Board, Evolutionary Ecology Research, 2001 - present

Editorial Board, Ecology Letters, 2001 – present

Editor, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 2002 - present




Brigham Young University, College of Biology and Agriculture, 1986-1999, $46,000.


University of Wyoming - National Park Service Research Center, 1989, $10,800.


Brigham Young University, grant to host Ames group meeting, 1991-1992, $10,000.


Environmental Protection Agency, R81-8358-010, 1991-1993, $189,203.


National Science Foundation, DEB - 9424615, 1995-1997, $120,000; REU supplement, 1996, $4,800; REU supplement, 1997, $5,000.


National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, 1998-1999, Working group on Analyzing the Demographic Structure of Geographic Ranges, $11,140.


Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Research and Quality Assurance, STAR grant # G9A10014, 1999-2000, $133,622.


Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan GAP modeling, 2000-2003, $240,000




Maurer, B.A. and R.C. Whitmore.  1981.  Foraging of five bird species in two forests with different vegetation structure.  Wilson Bull. 93: 478-490.


Maurer, B.A.  1982.  Statistical inference for MacArthur-Levins niche overlap.  Ecology 63: 1712-1719.


Maurer, B.A.  1983.  Overlap and competition in avian guilds.  Amer. Nat. 121: 903-907.


Maurer, B.A.  1984.  Interference and exploitation in bird communities.  Wilson Bull. 96: 380-395.


Maurer, B.A.  1985.  Avian community dynamics in desert grasslands:  observational scale and hierarchical structure.  Ecol. Monogr. 55: 295-312.


Maurer, B.A.  1985.  On the ecological and evolutionary roles of competition.  Oikos 45: 300-302.


Maurer, B.A.  1986.  Predicting habitat quality for grassland birds using density-habitat correlations.  J. Wildl. Manage. 50: 556-566.


Brown, J.H. and B.A. Maurer.  1986.  Body size, ecological dominance, and Cope's rule.  Nature 324: 248-250.


Brown, J.H. and B.A. Maurer.  1987.  Evolution of species assemblages:  effects of energetic constraints and species dynamics on the diversification of the North American avifauna.  Amer. Nat. 130: 1-17.


Maurer, B.A.  1987.  Scaling of biological community structure:  a systems approach to community complexity.  J. Theor. Biol. 127: 97-110.


Maurer, B.A. and J.H. Brown.  1988.  Distribution of energy use and biomass among species of North American terrestrial birds.  Ecology 69: 1923-1932.


Brown, J.H. and B.A. Maurer.  1989.  Macroecology:  the division of food and space among species on continents.  Science 243: 1145-1150.


Maurer, B.A.  1989.  Diversity dependent species dynamics:  incorporating the effects of population level processes on species dynamics.  Paleobiology 15:133-146.


Maurer, B.A., E.A. Webb, and R.K. Bowers.  1989.  Nest characteristics and nestling development of Cassin's and Botteri's Sparrows in southeastern Arizona.  Condor 91:734-736.


Maurer, B.A. and J.H. Brown.  1989.  Distributional consequences of spatial variation in local demographic processes.  Annales Zoologici Fennici 26:121-131.


Brooks, D.R., J.D. Collier, B.A. Maurer, J.D.H. Smith, and E.O. Wiley.  1989.  Entropy and information in evolving biological systems.  Biology and Philosophy 4:407-432.


Maurer, B.A.  1990.  Dipodomys populations as energy processing systems:  regulation, competition, and hierarchical organization.  Ecol. Modelling 50:157-176.


Maurer, B.A.  1990.  Extensions of optimal foraging theory for insectivorous birds:  implications for community structure.  Stud. Avian Biol. 13:455-461.


Raphael, M.G. and B.A. Maurer.  1990.  Biological considerations for study design.  Stud. Avian Biol. 13:123-125.


Maurer, B.A.  1990.  The relationship between distribution and abundance in a patchy environment.  Oikos 58: 181-189.


Demetropolous, C.L., L.F. Braithwaite, B.A. Maurer, and D. Whiting.  1990.  Foraging and dietary strategies of two sublittoral cottids, Jordania zonope and Artedius harringtoni.  J. Fish Biology 37: 19-32.


Maurer, B.A.  1991.  Concluding remarks:  birds, body size, and evolution.  Acta XX Cong. Int. Ornith. 2:835-837.


Maurer, B.A., H.A. Ford, and E.H. Rapoport.  1991.  Extinction rate, body size, and avifaunal diversity.  Acta XX Cong. Int. Ornith. 2:826-834.


Maurer, B.A. 1991.  Ecological aspects of macroevolution.  Advances in Ecology 1:29-39.


Parrish, J.R. and B.A. Maurer.  1991.  Injury to a Merlin (Falco columbarius) from discarded fishing tackle.  J. Raptor Research 25:136-139.


Maurer, B.A., J.H. Brown, and R.D. Rusler.  1992.  The micro and macro in body size evolution.  Evolution 46:939-953.


Sites, J.W., Jr., S.K. Davis, D.W. Hutchinson, B.A. Maurer, and G. Lara.  1993.  Parapatric hybridization between chromosomal races of the Sceloporus grammicus complex (Phrynosomatidae).  II.  Structure of the Tulancingo transect.  Copeia 1993:341-366.


Wright, D.H., D.J. Currie, and B.A. Maurer.  1993.  Energy supply and patterns of species richness on local and regional scales.  Pp. 66-74 in Ricklefs, R., and D. Schluter, eds.  Species diversity in ecological communities.  University of Chicago Press, Chicago.


Maurer, B.A. and S.G. Heywood.  1993.  Geographic range fragmentation and abundance in neotropical migratory birds.  Conservation Biology 7:501-509.  Reprinted in D. Ehrenfeld, ed. 1995.  The landscape perspective, pages 158-166.  Blackwell Science, Cambridge, Mass.


Maurer, B.A.  1993.  Biological diversity, ecological integrity, and neotropical migrants.  Pp. 24-31 in Finch, D.M. and P. Stengel, eds.  Status and management of neotropical migrant birds.  USDA Forest Service Gen. Tech. Report RM 229, Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, CO.


Maurer, B.A.  1994.  Geographical population analysis: tools for the analysis of biodiversity. Blackwell Scientific, Oxford.


Maurer, B.A. and M.-A. Villard.  1994.  Geographic variation in abundance of North American birds.  Research & Exploration 10:306-317.


Villard, M.-A., G. Merriam, and B.A. Maurer.  1995.  Dynamics in spatially-divided populations of neotropical migratory birds in fragmented temperate forests.  Ecology 76:27-40.


Conroy, J.J., Y. Cohen, F.C. James, Y.G. Matsinos, and B.A. Maurer.  1995.  Parameter estimation, reliability, and model improvement for spatially-explicit population models.  Ecological Applications 5:17-19.


Maurer, B.A., and M.-A. Villard.  1996.  Continental scale ecology and neotropical migratory birds: how to detect declines amid the noise.  Ecology 77:1-2.


Villard, M.-A., and B.A. Maurer.  1996.  Geostatistics as a tool for examining hypothesized declines in migratory songbirds.  Ecology 77:59-68.


Maurer, B.A., and R.D. Holt.  1996.  Effects of chronic pesticide stress on wildlife populations in complex landscapes:  processes at multiple scales.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 15:420-426.


Curnutt, J.L., S.L. Pimm, and B.A. Maurer.  1996.  Population variability of sparrows in space and time.  Oikos 76:131-144.


Maurer, B.A.  1996.  Relating human population growth to the loss of biodiversity.  Biodiversity Letters 3:1-5.


Maurer, B.A.  1996.  Energetics of avian foraging.  Pp. 250-279 in Carey, C.  Avian Energetics and Nutritional Ecology, Chapman & Hall, New York.


Maurer, B.A.  1998.  Ecological science and statistical paradigms: at the threshold.  Science 279: 502-503.


Villard, M.-A., E.V. Schmidt, and B.A. Maurer.  1998.  Contribution of spatial modeling to avian conservation.  Pages 49-64 in Marzluff, J.M., and R. Sallabanks, eds.  Avian conservation: research and management.  Island Press, Washington, D.C.


Maurer, B.A., and M.P. Nott.  1998.  Geographic range fragmentation and the evolution of biological diversity.  Pages 31-50 in McKinney, M.L. and J.A. Drake, eds.  Biodiversity Dynamics:  Turnover of Populations, Taxa, and Communities.  Columbia University Press, New York.


Maurer, B.A.  1998.  Evolution of body size in birds, I: evidence for directionality.  Evolutionary Ecology 12: 925-934.


Maurer, B.A.  1998.  Evolution of body size in birds, II: the role of reproductive power.  Evolutionary Ecology 12: 935-944.


Maurer, B.A.  1999.  Untangling Ecological Complexity: the Macroscopic Perspective.  University of Chicago Press, Chicago.


Maurer, B.A.  2000.  Macroecology and consilience.  Global Ecology and Biogeography 9:275-280.


Donovan, T.M., K.E. Freemark, B.A. Maurer, L.J. Petit, S.K. Robinson, and V.A. Saab.  2000.  Setting local and regional objectives for persistence of bird populations.  Pages 53-59 in Bonney, R., D.N. Pashley, R.J. Cooper, and L. Niles, eds.  Strategies for Bird Conservation: the Partners in Flight Planning Process.  Proceedings RMRS-P-6, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Ogden, UT.


Linder, E. T., M.-A. Villard, B. A. Maurer, and E. V. Schmidt. 2000. Geographic range structure in North American landbrids: variation with migratory strategy, trophic level, and breeding habitat. Ecography 23:678-686.


Hadly, E.A., and B.A. Maurer.  2001.  Spatial and temporal patterns of species diversity in montane mammal communities of western North America.  Evolutionary Ecology Research 3:477-486.


Maurer, B.A., E.T. Linder, and D.E. Gammon.  2001.  A geographical perspective on the biotic homogenization process: implications from the macroecology of North American birds. Pages 157-177 in Lockwood, J.L, and M.L. McKinney, eds.  Biotic Homogenization, Kluwer Academic, New York.


Barnosky, A.D., E.A. Hadly, B.A. Maurer, and M. Christie.  2001.  Temperate terrestrial vertebrate faunas in North and South America: the interplay of ecology, evolution, and geography with biodiversity.  Conservation Biology 15:658-674.


Gammon, D.E., and B.A. Maurer.  2002.  Evidence for non-uniform dispersal in the biological invasions of two naturalized North American bird species.  Global Ecology and Biogeography 11:155-162.


Maurer, B.A., and M.L. Taper. 2002.  Connecting geographical distributions with population processes.  Ecology Letters 5:223-231.


Maurer, B.A.  2002.  Predicting distribution and abundance: thinking within and between scales.  Pages 125-132 in Scott, J.M., P.J. Heglund, M. Morrison, M. Raphael, J. Haufler, and B. Wall, eds.  Predicting Species Occurrences: Issues of Scale and Accuracy.  Island Press, Covena, California.


Kahl, K.J., and B.A. Maurer.  2002.  Land cover change and breeding range shifts of Golden-winged Warblers Vermivora chrysoptera in the lower peninsula of Michigan.  Pages 126-133 in Chamberlain, D., and A. Wilson, eds.  Avian Landscape Ecology, International Association for Landscape Ecology, United Kingdom.


Maurer, B.A.  2003.  Adaptive diversification of body size: the roles of physical constraint, energetics and natural selection.  Pages 174-191 in Blackburn, T.M. and K.J. Gaston, eds.  Macroecology: causes and consequences.  Blackwell, Oxford.


Ernest, S.K.M., B.J. Enquist, J.H. Brown, E.L. Charnov, J.F. Gillooly, V.M. Savage, E.P. White, F.A. Smith, E.A. Hadly, J.P. Haskell, S.K. Lyons, B.A. Maurer, K.J. Niklas, and B. Tiffney.  2003.  Thermodynamic and metabolic effects on the scaling of production and population energy use.  Ecology Letters 6:990-995.


Marquet, P.A., F.A. Labra, and B.A. Maurer.  2004.  Metabolic ecology: linking individuals to ecosystems.  Ecology, in press.


Maurer, B.A.  2004.  Models of scientific inquiry and statistical practice: implications for the structure of scientific knowledge.  In Taper, M.L., and S. Lele, eds.  Scientific Evidence, University of Chicago Press, in press.


Maurer, B.A.  2004.  Scientific inquiry and statistical practice in a complex world: a response to Bandyopadhyay and Wilson.  In Taper, M.L., and S. Lele, eds.  Scientific Evidence, University of Chicago Press, in press.


Riley, S.J., G.M. Nesslage, and B.A. Maurer.  2004.  Dynamics of early wolf and cougar eradication efforts in Montana: implications for conservation.  Biological Conservation, in press.




Maurer, B.A.  1987.  Hierarchies in ecology and evolution (review of Salthe, Evolving hierarchical systems; and O'Neill et al., A hierarchical concept of ecosystems).  Trends in Ecol. Evol. 2: 26-27.


Maurer, B. A.  1987.  Review of Peters, Ecological implications of body size.  New Zealand J. Zool. 14: 431-432.


Maurer, B. A. 1990.  Complexities of ecology (review of Wiens, The ecology of bird communities, Vols. 1 & 2).  Science 249:1449-1450.


Maurer, B.A.  1996.  Review of Lawton and May, Extinction rates.  Q. Review. Biology 71:142.


Maurer, B.A.  1996.  Review of Rosenzweig, Species diversity in space and time.  Ecology 77:1314-1315.


Maurer, B.A.  1996.  Review of Price et al., The summer atlas of North American birds.  Auk 133:978.


Maurer, B.A.  1997.  A plethora of conservation biology texts.  Condor 99:845-847.


Maurer, B.A. 1998.  Review of Clark, Averting extinction.  Q. Review. Biology 73:379-380.


Maurer, B.A.  1998.  Review of Hilborn and Mangel, The ecological detective: confronting models with data.  Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 60:612-613.


Maurer, B.A.  2000.  Lizards in the stream (review of Roughgarden, Anolis lizards of the Caribbean: ecology, evolution, and plate tectonics).  Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 3:32.


Maurer, B.A.  2003.  Is biodiversity important in ecosystems? (review of Kinzig et al., The functional consequences of biodiversity).  Ecology 84:1074-1075.


Maurer, B.A.  2003.  Ecology and evolution at large scales. (review of Price, Macroevolutionary theory on macroecological patterns).  Ecology 84:3405-3406.




Maurer, B.A. and R.C. Whitmore.  1980.  Foraging changes by canopy-feeding birds in a clearcut forest.  West Virginia For. Notes 8: 7-12.


Maurer, B.A., L.B. McArthur and R.C. Whitmore.  1981.  Habitat associations of birds breeding in clearcut deciduous forests in West Virginia.  Pp. 167-172 in Capen, D.E., ed.  The use of multivariate statistics in studies of wildlife habitat.  USDA For. Ser. Gen. Tech. Rep.         RM-87.


Maurer, B.A., L.B. McArthur and R.C. Whitmore.  1981.  Effects of logging on guild structure of a forest bird community in West Virginia.  Amer. Birds 35: 11-13.


Maurer, B.A.  1983.  Sensitivity analysis of a simulation model of bird-insect interactions in a deciduous forest ecosystem.  Pp. 227-237 in Lauenroth, W.K., G.V. Skogerboe, and M. Flug.  Analysis of ecological systems:  State-of-the-art in ecological modelling.  Elsevier, Amsterdam.


Sowls, L.K. and B.A. Maurer.  1985.  Characteristics of harvested collared peccaries in relation to rainfall patterns in southeastern Arizona.  Pp. 249-259 in Beasom, S.L. and S.F. Roberson.  Game harvest management.  Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Kingsville, TX.


Brown, J.H. and B.A. Maurer.  1987.  Body size, energy use, and ecological dominance (reply).  Nature 328: 118.


Maurer, B.A. and T.Y. Williams.  1991.  An analysis of potential sensitive plant species for long-term monitoring in Glacier National Park.  Report to US National Park Service, Laramie, WY.


Maurer, B.A.  1993.  Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) in Olympic National Park - a reveiw of Park Service documents and Lyman's hypothesis.  Report to Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, WA.


Maurer, B.A., and P. Marquet.  1997.  James H. Brown, President 1996-1997.  Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 78:14-15.


Maurer, B.A.  2000.  Ecology needs theory as well as practice.  Nature 408: 768.


Maurer, B.A.  2001.  Macroecology.  Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, Macmillan Publishing,


Maurer, B.A.  2002.  Big thinking.  Nature 415:489-491.


Maurer, B.A.  2002.  Biogeography.  In Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 9th edition.  McGraw-Hill, in press.


Maurer, B.A. 2002.  Biogeography.  In Biology for Students, Macmillan Reference, USA, in press.




Brown, J.H. and B.A. Maurer.  1984.  Statistical analysis of community organization.  Symposium on detecting and understanding macroscopic patterns in complex ecological systems.  Ecological Society of America, Fort Collins, CO.


Maurer, B.A.  1985.  Observational scale and community analysis:  hierarchical perspectives.  Symposium on problems of scale in ecology:  hierarchy theory applied.  Ecological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.


Maurer, B.A.  1986.  Scaling of biological community structure:  a systems approach to community complexity.  Symposium on avian community ecology:  the importance of scale.  Cooper Ornithological Society, Davis, CA.


Maurer, B.A.  1987.  Macroecology:  evolutionary ecology of large scale ecological   systems.  Young Investigators Prize symposium.  American Society of Naturalists, Bozeman, MT.


Maurer, B.A.  1988.  Biological and statistical factors affecting estimates of foraging behavior.  Symposium on food exploitation in terrestrial birds. Cooper Ornithological Society, Monterey, CA.


Maurer, B.A.  1989.  Empirical estimation of interaction coefficients in systems of linear equations describing biological communities.  NSF workshop on natural resource modeling.  Glacier Institute, West Glacier, MT.


Maurer, B.A.  1989.  Ecology, historical constraint, and the evolution of species assemblages.  Symposium on progress towards a unified theory of evolution, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Maurer, B.A. and J.H. Brown.  1990.  Historical and ecological regulation of diversity in continental bird and mammal assemblages.  Symposium on historical and geographical determinants of community diversity.  Ecological Society of America, Snowbird, Utah.


Maurer, B.A.  1990.  Victims of scale: studying complex biological communities from limited perspectives.  Symposium on non-equilibrium macrosystems in biology.  University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


Maurer, B.A.  1991.  Biological diversity and statistical models of biogeographic processes.  DOE workshop on theoretical ecology: progress and prospects.  Washington, DC.


Maurer, B.A. 1991.  Conservation at continental and global scales:  Why don't we know more?  Symposium on the role of scientists in the conservation effort.  American Ornithologists' Union, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Maurer, B.A. and N. Pack.  1992.  Victims of scale:  evolution of information in nonlinear dynamical systems.  Symposium on thermodynamics and scale in evolving biological systems.  Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.


Maurer, B.A.  1992.  Biological diversity, ecological integrity, and neotropical migrants:  new perspectives for wildlife management.  National training workshop on status and management of neotropical migratory birds.  Estes Park, CO.


Maurer, B.A.  1992.  Responses of birds to global change.  Workshop on managing arid and          semi-arid lands in the face of global change.  Boulder, CO.


Maurer, B.A.  1993.  Energetics of avian foraging.  Symposium on avian energetics and nutritional ecology.  American Ornithologists' Union, Fairbanks, AK.


Maurer, B.A.  1993.  Geographical responses of birds to global change.  Symposium on global change and birds.  American Ornithologists' Union, Fairbanks, AK.


Villard, M.-A, and B.A. Maurer.  1993.  Analyzing the spatial and temporal variation in population trends of neotropical migrant birds.  Symposium on linking local, regional, and continental population trends in neotropical migrant birds.  Ecological Society of America, Madison, WI.


Maurer, B.A. and M.-A. Villard.  1993.  Properties of geographic ranges of neotropical migrant birds and the likelihood of extinction.  Symposium on linking local, regional, and continental population trends in neotropical migrant birds.  Ecological Society of America, Madison, WI.


Maurer, B.A.  1994.  Relating patterns of geographic range structure in birds to ecological and demographic processes.  Workshop on analyzing population data:  what's new and what's needed.  1994 North American Ornithological Conference, Missoula, MT.


Maurer, B.A.  1994.  Why are some species more common than others?  The importance of geographic range structure for the evolution of biological diversity.  Symposium on dynamics of biodiversity:  relating metapopulations to the history of life.  Ecological Society of America, Knoxville, TN.


Maurer, B.A.  1996.  Can we conserve biological diversity without strategic information?  Cooper Ornithological Society, San Diego, CA.


Maurer, B.A.  1997.  Body size and geographic range size of birds: some ecological and evolutionary consequences.  Western Society of Naturalists, Monterey, CA.


Maurer, B.A.  1999.  Spatial statistics and the border of geographic ranges: the brave new world. Ecological Society of America, Spokane, WA.


Maurer, B.A.  1999.  Predicting distribution and abundance: thinking within and among spatial scales.  Symposium on predicting species occurrences: issues of scale and accuracy.  Snowbird, UT.


Maurer, B.A.  2000.  Measurement error in ecology: problems and prospects.  Ecological Society of America, Snowbird, UT.




1.  Teaching


NSF Workshop on teaching modeling methods in biological resource management, funded with stipend, University of Montana, Missoula, 1988-1989.


NSF Workshop on quantitative sciences curriculum for life sciences students.  Knoxville, TN, 1994.


Workshop on teaching evolution to undergraduates, American Society of Naturalists and Society for the Study of Evolution.  Madison, WI, 1999.


2.  Research


DOE Workshop on theoretical ecology: progress and prospects.  Gaithersburg, MD, 1991.


USDA Forest Service Workshop on conservation biology of the California Spotted Owl.  Sacramento, CA, 1991.


National Training Workshop on status and management of neotropical migratory birds.  Estes Park, CO, 1992.


USDA Forest Service/National Center for Atmospheric Research Workshop on managing arid and semi-arid lands in the face of global change.  Boulder, CO, 1992.


Institute of Ecology Workshop on the application of spatially-explicit models to conservation and management of animal populations.  Athens, GA, 1992.


North American Research Workshop on the ecology and management of cowbirds.  Austin, TX, 1993.


Partners in Flight Workshop: building consensus for action.  Cape May, NJ, 1995.


Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics of Species’ Borders.  National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA, 1997-1999.


Sampling Curves in Ecology and Evolution.  National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA, 1998.


Analyzing the Demographic Structure of Geographic Ranges. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA, 1998-1999.


The Evidence Project - Supporting Scientific Claims.  National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA, 1998-2000.


Predicting Species Occurrences: Issues of Scale and Accuracy.  Snowbird, UT, 1999.


Body Size in Ecology and Paleoecology.  National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA.  1999-2002.




Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution, University of Arizona, 1984-1985

Biometry, University of Arizona, 1985

Natural History of Wildlife, Brigham Young University, 1986-1988

Evolutionary Science, Brigham Young University, 1988-1999

Conservation Biology, Brigham Young University, 1996

Ecological Theory, Brigham Young University, 1990

Quantitative Ecology, Brigham Young University, 1990

Terrestrial Ecosystems, Brigham Young University, 1992

Ornithology, Brigham Young University, 1992-1999

Ecological Data Analysis, Brigham Young University, 1994-1999

Introductory Biology, Brigham Young University, 1997-1999

Biogeography, Michigan State University, 2001-present




1979-1985 13 papers                                  1991-1995 11 papers                      2001-present 1 paper

1986-1990 10 papers                                  1996-2000   9 papers




Murray Buell Award Committee, Ecological Society of America, 1986.

Student Awards Committee, Cooper Ornithological Society, 1989.

Ad hoc reviews of proposals for NSF, 1986-present.

Review of manuscripts for Ecology, J. Wildl. Manage., Evolution, Amer. Nat., Auk, Condor, Wilson Bull., Oikos, Wildl. Monogr., Ecol. Monogr., Trends Ecol. Evol., Wildl. Soc. Bull., J. Field Ornithology, Ornis Scandinavica, Biol. Conservation, Western J. Appl. Forestry, Ecol. Appl., Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Science, Nature, Functional Ecology

Panel member (ecological specialist), AIDS and Related Research, AIDS -like viruses in natural rodent populations, NIH, 1989.

Proposal Review Panel, U.S. EPA, Environmental Research Laboratory 1991.

Program Review, DOE Theoretical Ecology Program, 1991.

Technical Assistance and Review Panel, BLM and Idaho Army National Guard, 1991-1996.

Research Working Group, Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Program, 1991-present.

Conservation biologist review group, California Spotted Owl, USDA Forest Service, 1991.

Review of Park Service policies on mountain goats in Olympic National Park, 1993.

Ecological consultant for Rocky Mountain Arsenal, 1994-1995.

NSF Graduate Research Training Grants Panel, 1995-1996.

NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships in Bioinformatics, 1998-2000.