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Dr. Bryan Nuse

Dr. Bryan L. Nuse


I joined the Georgia Coop Unit early in 2014 as a postdoctoral researcher, after completing my PhD in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia.

Research Interests

I am generally interested in how species and ecological communities relate to habitat, especially through vegetation and hydrology. My dissertation work focused upon birds in wetland habitats.

However, my postdoctoral work has brought me back to more basic population ecology, modeling gopher tortoise population processes mainly within a Bayesian analysis framework. I am also working on problems of connectivity among tortoise populations in Georgia's upland pine forests.

Teaching Interests

I am currently teaching a graduate seminar in the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, called Data Manipulation and Management (with R and PostgreSQL). This course aims to expose students to tools and good practices for developing data workflows for ecological and natural resources research, with an emphasis on basic programming in the R language and SQL.

Research Publications

  • Jafari, N., B. L. Nuse, C. T. Moore, B. Dilkina, and J. Hepinstall-Cymerman. 2017. Achieving full connectivity of sites in the Multiperiod Reserve Network Design Problem. Computers and Operations Research 81:119-127. Abstract |  Download  |  Publisher Website | 

Technical Publications

  • Nuse, B. L., R. L. Bormann, J. Hepinstall-Cymerman, and C. T. Moore. 2017. Habitat models and predictions for gopher tortoises in Georgia. Final Report to USGS Cooperative Research Units Program.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 40

Presentations: 160


Contact Information

Tel: (706) 542 - 6183


Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

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