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Dr. Abby Powell

Abby Powell


  • Ph D University of Minnesota 1992
  • MS San Diego State University 1986
  • BS Cornell University 1980


Abby joined the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit as Leader in 2015 and holds a joint appointment as Courtesy Professor in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology. She served as Assistant Unit Leader at the Alaska Unit 2000-2015.

Research Interests

Conservation Biology, Avian Ecology, Endangered Species Biology and Management

Teaching Interests

Conservation Biology, Endangered Species Management, Avian Ecology, Scientific Writing

Professional Society Service

  • Cooper Ornithological Society - Secretary (August 2008 - August 2016)
  • Other - Chair, Joint Meetings Task Force (AOU and COS) (January 2013 - August 2015)
  • Alaska Bird Observatory - Chair, Science Advisory Committee (December 2007 - December 2012)
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Research Publications

  • Churchwell, R. T., S. Kendall, S. C. Brown, A. L. Blanchard, T. E. Hollmen, and A. N. Powell. 2017. The first hop: use of Beaufort Sea Deltas by hatch-year Semipalmated Sandpipers. Estuaries and Coasts. DOI 10.1007/s12237-017-0272-8.
  • McFarland, H. R., S. Kendall, and A. N. Powell. Nest-site selection and nest success of an arctic-breeding passerine, Smith's Longspurs, in a changing climate. The Condor: Ecological Applications 119:85-97. DOI: 10.1650/CONDOR-16-87.1
  • Harwood, C. H., R. E. Gill and A. N. Powell. 2016. Nesting ecology of Whimbrels in boreal Alaska. Wader Study 123(2):99-113. doi:10.18194/ws.00037
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Seminar Series: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (2018)
  • Scientific Writing, Editing, and Revising in the Biological Sciences (2015)
  • Animal Migration (2014)
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Florida Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Abby PowellFlorida Ornithological Society Cruickshank Research Award committee (March 2017 - April 2017)
  • Abby PowellScientific Program Committee, 6th International Sea Duck Conference (April 2016 - February 2017)
  • Abby PowellPanel Member, Climate Change and Cross-Seasonal Research Priorities for Migratory Birds, TWS Conference ( - October 2016)
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Florida University Committees and Workgroups

  • Abby PowellMember, Estuarine Ecologist Search Committee, UF Nature Coast Biological Station (February 2016 - April 2017)
  • Abby PowellChair, Wildlife Graduate Applications Committee (January 2012 - September 2015)
  • Abby PowellIAB Summer Research Fellowship Committee (January 2012 - September 2015)
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Technical Publications

  • Powell A. N., R. T. Churchwell, K. H. Dunton, J. G. Baguley, A. D. Kamikawa, C. T. E. Kellogg, B. C. Crump, and P. Bucolo. 2016. Sediment Characteristics and Infauna of Deltaic Mudflats Along the Alaskan Beaufort Sea. US Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Alaska OCS Region, Anchorage. OCS Study BOEM 2015-045. 77 pp.Abstract |
  • Powell, A. N., A. R. Taylor, and R. B. Lanctot. 2010. Pre-migratory ecology and physiology of shorebirds staging on Alaska's North Slope. Final Report OCS Study MMS 2009-034, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK. 126 pp.
  • Powell, A. N. and S. A. Backensto. 2008. Productivity and locations of Common Ravens (Corvus corax) nesting on Alaska's North Slope. Final Report, U. S. Geological Survey, Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Fairbanks, AK. 32 pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 27

Presentations: 46

Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Florida
  5. Wildlife Management Institute