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Dr. Conor McGowan

Conor McGowan on a hike with his daughter.


  • Ph D University of Missouri 2008
  • MS North Carolina State University 2004
  • BS Wake Forest University 2000


Conor was born and raised in New York. After completing his degrees, he spent two years as a post-doc at Patuext Wildlife Research Center before starting up with the Alabama Unit in July of 2010.

Research Interests

Adaptive management, population modeling, endangered species, ornithology

Teaching Interests

Adaptive management, population modeling, endangered species, ornithology

Professional Society Service

  • The Wildlife Society - Board member of the Biometrics working group (February 2015 - December 2015)

Research Publications

  • Keever, A.C., C.P. McGowan, S.S. Ditchkoff, P.K. Acker, J.B. Grand, C.H. Newbolt, in review, Efficacy of time-lapse photography and repeated counts estimation for monitoring white-tailed deer populations.
  • McGowan, CP, Allan NA, Servoss J, Headwall S, Woolridge B, in review, Incorporating population viability models into species status assessment and listing decisions under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. for submission to Endangered Species Research
  • Robinson, OJ, McGowan CP, Devers P. in review, Deciphering density dependent dynamics using multiple system models and Bayesian model weight updating. Submitted to Ecology February 2016.
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Completed Projects


  • Avian Ecology and Managemnt (2017)
  • Advanced Techniques in Wildlife Population Analysis (2016)
  • Applied Ecological Modeling (2016)
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Alabama University Committees and Workgroups

  • Conor McGowanSchool of Forestry and Wildlife Vehicle Committee (October 2014 - May 2016)
  • Conor McGowanDisease Ecology Search Committee (March 2014 - April 2015)

Technical Publications

  • Simons, T.R., C. McGowan, J. Cordes, M. Lyons, and W. Golder. 2003. American Oystercatcher (Haematopus paliatus) research and monitoring in North Carolina. Annual report to the National Park Service and the US. Fish and Wildlife Service, 27 pp.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 20

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 17

Scientific Publications: 33

Presentations: 80

Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources 
  2. Auburn University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute