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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 - Honorary Member (August 2014 - August 2016)
  • American Ornithologists' Union - Elected Fellow (June 2012 - August 2016)
  • Cooper Ornithological Society - Secretary (August 2008 - August 2016)
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Research Publications

  • Sonsthagen, S., C. Haughey, M. Sexson, D. Solovyena, M. Petersen, and A. Powell. 2019. Temporal variation in genetic structure within the endangered spectacled eider. Conservation Genetics.
  • Robinson, B. H., L. M. Phillips, and A. N. Powell. 2019. Energy intake rate influences survival rates of Black Oystercatcher Haematopus bachmani broods. Marine Ornithology 47:277-283.
  • McGuire, R., R. Suydam, L. Quakenbush, and A. Powell. 2019. Population trends of king and common eiders from spring migration counts at Point Barrow, Alaska between 1994 and 2016 Polar Biology.
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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 PowellManuscript Review: Endangered Species Research ( - October 2019)
  • Abby PowellManuscript Review: Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management ( - October 2019)
  • Abby PowellOregon State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife: provided a review for promotion to Full Professor for a faculty member/Cooperative Research Unit Assistant Leader (October 2019 - October 2019)
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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: 7

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 8

Scientific Publications: 25

Presentations: 39

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