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Christopher Kirkpatrick

Research Publications

  • Robinson, G., C. J. Conway, C. Kirkpatrick, and D. L. LaRoche. 2010. Response to Nestling Throat Ligatures by Three Songbirds. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122:806-809.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., and C. J. Conway. 2010. Nest predators of ground-nesting birds in montane forests of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122:614-617.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., and C. J. Conway. 2010. Importance of montane riparian forest and influence of wildfire on nest-site selection of ground-nesting birds. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:729-738.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., C. J. Conway, and M. H. Ali. 2009. Sanitation of entire broods of dead nestlings may bias cause-specific nest failure rates. Ibis 151:207-211.
  • Conway, C. J., and C. Kirkpatrick. 2007. Forest fire suppression as a cause of population decline in Buff-breasted Flycatchers. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:445-457.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., C. J. Conway, and D. LaRoche. 2007. Range expansion of the Buff-breasted Flycatcher (Empidonax fulvifrons) into the Rincon Mountains, Arizona. Southwestern Naturalist 52:149-152.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., C. J. Conway, K. M. Hughes, and J. deVos. 2007. Probability of detecting band-tailed pigeons during call-broadcast versus auditory surveys. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:231-237.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., and C. J. Conway. 2006. Woodrat (Neotoma) depredation of a yellow-eyed junco (Junco phaeonotus) nest in southeastern Arizona. Southwestern Naturalist 51:412-414.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., C. J. Conway, and P. B. Jones. 2006. Distribution and relative abundance of forest birds in relation to burn severity in southeastern Arizona. Journal of Wildlife Management 70:1005-1012.
  • Kirkpatrick, C., and C. J. Conway. 2005. An evaluation of survey methods for monitoring interior populations of band-tailed pigeons. Pages 21-23 in Webless Migratory Game Bird Research Program Project Abstracts – 2004. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management. Denver, CO.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4235


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John Organ
CRU Chief John Organ processing a Canada lynx kitten during a long term research collaboration between the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

John F. Organ is the Chief of the U.S.G.S. Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units. He was Chief of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration for the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 2005 to 2014, and worked in the FWS’s Ecological Services and National Wildlife Refuge programs during his 35 year career. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Michigan State University, and Andres Bello University in Santiago, Chile. He is a certified Wildlife Biologist and Past President and Fellow of The Wildlife Society. He is also a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club and a Senior Specialist in the Fulbright Scholar Program. He is a member of the IUCN Otter Specialist and Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Groups, and an instructor and Advisory Board member of the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow Program. He is also a consultant to the Peru Forest Sector Initiative where he is assisting the Peruvian government in training biologists and developing wildlife regulations. He advises M.S. and Ph.D. students studying carnivores and human dimensions in Africa, Canada, Chile, and the U.S. and teaches graduate courses in Wildlife Management and Conservation and Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation.


  1. U.S. Geological Survey
  2. U.S. Geological Survey - Ecosystems
  3. U.S. Department of the Interior

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  1. U.S. Geological Survey