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Monitoring the Effects of Climate Change on Waterfowl Abundance in the


September 2011 - September 2012


This research will complement ongoing work to develop models of future duck distributions using regional downscaled probabilistic climate change projections using weather severity thresholds and long-term changes in weather severity (Schummer et al. 2010). The data collected under a coordinated MAV waterfowl monitoring framework would be valuable for cross-validation of these model predictions. These data also would be useful in combination with ongoing efforts to model the impacts of precipitation, climate, and land use on the surface-water system within select MAV watersheds by providing an index of waterfowl population response to hydrologic variables presumed to be key drivers of waterfowl distribution and abundance.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4253



  • David KrementzCo-Principal Investigator
  • Sarah LehnenCo-Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • Region IV U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey