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Dr. Dan Linden

Dan Linden with four cubs outside of Orono, Maine.


  • Ph D Michigan State University 2011
  • MS Michigan State University 2006
  • BS University of Rhode Island 2003


I joined the Maine Unit as a Post-Doc in November 2012, after spending a number of years at Michigan State University as a graduate student in the Fisheries and Wildlife department. My dissertation research examined relationships between forest management practices and bird communities in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to that I worked as a research technician at Texas Tech University and also at the University of Rhode Island, where I spent multiple summers assisting graduate research projects ranging from wild turkeys and American burying beetles to amphibians in vernal pools. I grew up in RI and thus, am a passionate fan of the Boston sports teams (as well as the MSU Spartans). Aside from watching and playing sports, I also enjoy traveling and snowboarding.

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in wildlife population modeling and the estimation of relationships between species and environments at multiple scales. I use field data that have been collected by myself or others to quantify various metrics of interest (e.g., species distributions and abundances, demographic parameters) that can be helpful for informing management and conservation, or enhancing ecological understanding. I am particularly interested in hierarchical modeling to properly partition variation among relevant dimensions, including individuals, space, and time. A majority of my work has used the BUGS language to specify and estimate model parameters in a Bayesian framework, though I am open to many other methods of inference depending on the objectives.
My current research involves assisting the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife with assessing their black bear management program. We are working with 30+ years of survey data that have been collected using various techniques including live trapping, radio-telemetry, winter den visits, and harvest inventories. We are using integrated population models to jointly estimate demographic parameters and identify the survey methods that are critical for sound monitoring of the bear population in Maine.

Research Publications

  • Linden, D. W., and G. J. Roloff. 2013. Retained structures and bird communities in clearcut forests of the Pacific Northwest, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 310:1045-1056.
  • Linden, D. W., G. J. Roloff, and A. J. Kroll. 2012. Conserving avian richness through structure retention in managed forests of the Pacific Northwest, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 284:174-184.
  • Linden, D. W., H. Campa, III, G. J. Roloff, D. E. Beyer, Jr., and K. F. Millenbah. 2011. Modeling habitat potential for Canada lynx in Michigan. Wildlife Society Bulletin 35:20-26.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 8

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 15

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 25

Scientific Publications: 62

Presentations: 203


Contact Information

Tel: (207) 581 - 2895


Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Maine
  5. Wildlife Management Institute