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Courtney Conway

Dr. Courtney Conway, Unit Leader of the Idaho Research Unit

Education

  • Ph D University of Montana 1998
  • MS University of Wyoming 1990
  • BS Colorado State University 1985

Biography

I received a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in Organismal Biology & Ecology from the University of Montana. I grew up in Cincinnati and spent many of my weekends camping, hiking, backpacking, and climbing in OH, KY, and WV. I was motivated to find a career where I could continue to do these activities as part of my job, while still contributing to science.

Research Interests

avian ecology, behavioral ecology, conservation biology, life history evolution, avian migration

Teaching Interests

I teach Conceptual Foundations in Ecology, a 3-credit graduate class on critical thinking, the scientific method, and how to develop and test mechanisitic hypotheses in ecology. I also occasionally teach or co-teach graduate seminars on topics in avian ecology.

Professional Society Service

  • North American Ornithological Conference - Chair, Scientific Program Committee (September 2014 - September 2016)
  • North American Ornithological Conference - Scientific Program Committee (December 2010 - September 2012)
  • The Wildlife Society - Past President, Southwest Section (January 2011 - December 2011)
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Research Publications

  • Borgmann, K. L., and C. J. Conway. 2015. The nest-concealment hypothesis: new insights from a comparative analysis. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:646-660.
  • Nadeau, C. P., C. J. Conway, and N. Rathbun. 2015. Depth of Burrowing Owl Nest Boxes Affects Thermal Suitability and Occupancy. Journal of Field Ornithology 86:288-297.
  • Dillon, K. G., and C. J. Conway. 2015. Elevational gradient in clutch size of red-faced warblers. Journal of Field Ornithology 86:163–172.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects

Courses

  • Research Presentations (2016)
  • Writing Scientific Manuscripts (2016)
  • Advanced Topics in Fish & Wildlife Science (2015)
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Idaho Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Courtney ConwayMember, Search Committee for Idaho Dept of Fish & Game research biologist (August 2012 - September 2012)
  • Courtney ConwayFaculty Advisor, Natural Resources Graduate Student Organization (May 2007 - August 2011)
  • Courtney ConwayMember, Scientific Advisory Council, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (February 2005 - June 2008)
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Idaho University Committees and Workgroups

  • Courtney ConwayChair, Search Committee for Wildlife Habitat Ecologist (July 2015 - December 2015)
  • Courtney ConwayCollege Representative, Graduate Council, University of Idaho (April 2012 - September 2015)
  • Courtney ConwayMember, Search Committee for Department Chair (May 2014 - June 2014)
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Technical Publications

  • Conway, M., and C. J. Conway. 2012. Relative abundance of Yuma clapper rails within proposed improvement sites along the Union Pacific Railroad in Imperial Valley, California. Wildlife Research Report #2012-01, U.S. Geological Survey, Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Tucson, AZ.
  • Nadeau, C. P., C. J. Conway, M. Conway, and M. Ogonowski. 2011. Habitat requirements of California black rails, Yuma clapper rails, and western least Bitterns: an adaptive management approach, Final Report to Wildlife Conservation Fund, Arizona Game and Fish Department. Wildlife Research Report #2011-06, USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Tucson, AZ.
  • Conway, C. J., and C. P. Nadeau. 2011. Managing Rails with Fire in Arizona. Wildlife Research Report #2011-05, U.S. Geological Survey, Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Tucson, AZ.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 12

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 22

Scientific Publications: 89

Presentations: 226

Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Idaho Department of Fish and Game
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Idaho
  5. Wildlife Management Institute