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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

  • Nichols, J. D., W. L. Kendall, and G. S. Boomer. 2019. Accumulating evidence in ecology: once is not enough. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5836
  • Williams, P. J., W. L. Kendall, and M. B. Hooten. 2019.
    Choosing ecological models using multi-objective optimization. Ecological Modelling 404:21-26.
  • Kendall, W. L., S. Stapleton, G. C. White, J. I. Richardson, K. N. Pearson, and P. Mason. 2019. A multistate open robust design: population dynamics, reproductive effort, and phenology of sea turtles from tagging data. Ecological Monographs 89: e01329.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Design and Analysis of Mark-Recapture and Occupancy Studies (2016)
  • Adaptive Fish and Wildlife Management (2015)
  • Sampling and Analysis of Vertebrate Populations (2014)

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: 5

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 83

Presentations: 91


Contact Information

Tel: (970) 491 - 7066

Current Students

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