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Dr. Bill Kendall

Bill Kendall -Assistant Unit Leader


  • Ph D North Carolina State University 1992
  • MS North Carolina State University 1990
  • MS North Carolina State University 1985
  • BBA University of Cincinnati 1982


I joined the Units in 2010, after having spent five years with USFWS Division of Migratory Birds, and then 14 years as a research biometrician with USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

Research Interests

My interests are in the development, application, and evaluation of methods in quantitative ecology. Current research focuses on several areas of capture-recapture statistical methodology, the conceptual development of adaptive resource management and its application to decision problems, and population dynamics of sandhill cranes, albatross, sea turtles, and manatees.

Teaching Interests

I teach courses in population analysis and demographic estimation, and wildlife management science.

Research Publications

  • Pearson, K. N., W. L. Kendall, D. L. Winkelman, and W. R. Persons. 2015. Evidence for skipped spawning in the endangered humpback chub (Gila cypha) with implications for demographic parameter estimates. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 170:50-59
  • Chambert, T., W. L. Kendall, J. E. Hines, J. D. Nichols, P. Pedrini, J. H. Waddle, G. Tavecchia, S. C. Walls, and S. Tenan. 2015. An open dynamic occupancy model to estimate shifts in the distribution and phenology of imperfectly detectable species. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6:638-647
  • Gerber, B. D., W. L. Kendall, M. B. Hooten, J. A. Dubovsky, and R. C. Drewien. 2015. Optimal population prediction of sandhill crane recruitment based on climate-mediated habitat limitations. Journal of Animal Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12370
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Current Projects

Completed Projects

Technical Publications

  • Farnsworth, M., W. L. Kendall, R. Miller, P. F. Doherty, Jr., J. D. Nichols, G. C. White, K. P. Burnham, and A. B. Franklin. 2006. A preliminary sampling protocol for early detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza in environmental samples from migratory waterfowl in the United States for 2007. Preliminary report to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, 33pp.
  • Kendall, W. L., and P. F. Doherty, Jr. 2005. Part III - Design of albatross banding studies. Report to USFWS Region 1. 12 pp.
  • Kendall, W. L. P. F. Doherty, Jr., S. Sillett, B. Flint, M. Naughton, C. S. Robbins, M. Gustafson, P. Pyle, and A. Viggiano. 2004. Demographic modeling of North Pacific Albatross populations. Report to USFWS Regions 1 and 7. 80 pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 74

Presentations: 45

Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  2. Colorado State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute