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Dr. Joseph Fontaine

Research Publications

  • Stuber, E.F., C.J. Chizinski, J.J. Lusk, and J.J. Fontaine. (In Review). Multivariate models and analyses. Quantitative analyses in wildlife science. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.
  • Fontaine, J.J. and K.L. Decker. 2018. A noninvasive technique for sampling food availability for insectivorous foliage-gleaning birds. Western Birds 49:206–213
  • Stuber, E.F., L. Gruber, and J.J. Fontaine. 2018. Predicting species-habitat relationships: does body size matter? Landscape Ecology 33:1049-1060.
  • Laskowski, J., G.C. Bachman, and J.J. Fontaine. 2018. Severe drought impacts female pheasant physiology in southwest Nebraska. Prairie Naturalist 49:57-65.
  • Stuber, E.F. and J.J. Fontaine. 2018. Ecological neighborhoods as a framework for umbrella species selection. Biological Conservation 223:112–119.
  • Sorensen, A.E., L. Corral, J.M. Dauer, and J.J. Fontaine. 2018. Integrating authentic scientific research in a conservation course–based undergraduate research experience. Natural Sciences Education 47:1-10. doi:10.4195/nse2018.02.0004
  • Lute, M.L., C. Gillespie†, D.R. Martin, and J.J. Fontaine. 2018. Landowner and practitioner perspectives on private land conservation programs. Society and Natural Resources 31:218-231.
  • Stuber, E.F., L.F. Gruber, and J.J. Fontaine. A Bayesian method for assessing multiscale species-habitat relationships. Landscape Ecology 32:2365-2381.
  • Wszola, L., V. Simonsen, C. Gillespie, L.N. Messinger, J.J. Lusk, K.L. Decker, C.F. Jorgensen, E.F. Stuber, and J.J. Fontaine. 2017. Translating statistical wildlife-habitat models to interactive decision support tools. Plos One 12:e0188244.
  • Allen, C.R., Fontaine, J.J. 2017. Employment with the United States Geological Survey. Pages XX in Henke, S. Editor, Becoming a Wildlife Professional. Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Gillespie, C.R. and J.J. Fontaine. 2017. Shorebird migratory stopover responses to local and regional change: habitat decisions in a vanishing landscape. J. Wildlife Management 81:1051-1062. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.21271
  • Allen, C. R., D. G. Angeler, J. J. Fontaine, A. S. Garmestani, N. M. Hart, K. L. Pope, and D. Twidwell. 2017. Adaptive management of rangeland ecosystems. Pages 373-394 in D. D. Briske, editor. Rangeland systems: processes, management and challenges. Springer, New York. Download  | 
  • Fontaine, J.J., C.F. Jorgensen, E.F. Stuber, L. Gruber, A.A. Bishop, J.J. Lusk, E. Zach and K.L. Decker. 2017. Species distributions models in wildlife planning: agricultural policy and wildlife management in the Great Plains. Wildlife Society Bulletin 41:194-204. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.763
  • Laskowski, J., C. Gillespie, L. Corral, A. Oden, K. Fricke, and J.J. Fontaine. Teaching animal habitat selection using wildlife tracking equipment. Science Activities 53:147-154. DOI: 10.1080/00368121.2016.1211080 Abstract | 
  • Simonsen, V.L and J.J. Fontaine. 2016. Landscape context influences nest survival in a Midwest grassland. J. Wildlife Management 80:877-883. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.1068
  • DeBoer, J. A., J. J. Fontaine, C. J. Chizinski, and K. L. Pope. 2015. Masked expression of life-history traits in a highly variable environment. Great Plains Research 25:25-38. Download  | 
  • Fontaine, J.J., R.J. Stutzman, and L.Z. Gannes. 2015. Leaps, chains, and climate change for western migratory songbirds. Pp. 3–15 in E.M. Wood and J.L. Kellermann (editors). Phenological synchrony and bird migration: changing climate and seasonal resources in North America. Studies in Avian Biology (no. 47), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. Download  | 
  • Stutzman, R.J., and J.J. Fontaine. 2015. Shorebird migration in the face of climate change: potential shifts in migration phenology and resource availability. Pp. 145–159 in E.M. Wood and J.L. Kellermann (editors), Phenological synchrony and bird migration: changing climate and seasonal resources in North America. Studies in Avian Biology (no. 47), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Jorgensen, C.F., L.A. Powell, J.J. Lusk, A.A. Bishop and J.J. Fontaine. 2014. Assessing landscape constraints on species abundance: Does the neighborhood limit species response to local habitat conservation programs? Plos One 9:e99339. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099339 Abstract | 
  • van Riper, C., J.W. van Wagtendonk and J.J. Fontaine. 2013. Great gray owls (Strix nebulosa) in Yosemite National Park: On the importance of food, nesting snags,and human disturbance. Natural Areas Journal 33:286-295 Download  | 
  • Jorgensen, C.F., R.J. Stutzman, L. Anderson, S. Decker, L.A. Powell, and J.J. Fontaine. 2013. Choosing a DIVA: a comparison of emerging digital imagery vegetation analysis techniques. Applied Vegetation Science 16:552-560. Doi: 10.1111/avsc.12037 Download  | 
  • Allen, C.R., J.J. Fontaine, and A.S. Garmestani. 2012. Adaptive management of ecosystems. Pp. xx-xx, In: Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. Springer
  • Robertson, B.A., R.A. Rice, T.S. Sillett, C.A. Ribic, B.A. Babcock, D.A. Landis, J.R. Herkert, R.J. Fletcher, Jr., J.J. Fontaine, P.J. Doran, and D.W. Schemske. 2012. Are agrofuels a conservation threat or opportunity for grassland birds in the United States? Condor 114:679-688 Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Decker, K., C. J. Conway, J. J. Fontaine. 2012. Nest predation, food, and female age explain seasonal declines in clutch size. Evolutionary Ecology 26:683-699. Download  | 
  • Fontaine, J.J., E. Arriero, H. Schwable, and T.E. Martin. 201). Nest predation and circulating corticosterone levels within and among species. Condor 113:(825-833) Download  | 
  • Allen, C. R., J. J. Fontaine, K. L. Pope, and A. S. Garmestani. 2011. Adaptive management for a turbulent future. Journal of Environmental Management 92:1339-1345. Download  | 
  • Fontaine, J.J. 2011. Improving our Legacy: Incorporation of adaptive management into state wildlife action plans. J. Environmental Management. Download  | 
  • Robertson, B.A., R.L. Hutto and J.J. Fontaine 2010. Evaluating food availability and nest predation as sources of bias in aural bird surveys. J. Field Ornithology. 81:420-429. Download  | 
  • Fontaine, J.J. 2010. Changing climates and the incorporation of adaptive management into our state wildlife action plans. Trans. N. Am. Wildlife and Natural Resource Conference. 75:171-172. Download  | 
  • Robertson, B.A., J.J. Fontaine and E. Loomis. 2009. Seasonal patterns of song structure variation in a suboscine passerine. Wilson J. Ornithology 121:815-818. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Fontaine, J.J., K.L. Decker, S. Skagen and C. van Riper. 2009. Spatial and temporal variation in climate change: A bird’s eye view. Climatic Change 97:305-311. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Fontaine, J.J. and K.L. Decker. 2009. Exploring predation and animal coloration through outdoor activity. Science Activities 45:3-7. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • McGrath, L.J., C. van Riper, and J.J. Fontaine. 2009. Flower power: Tree flowering phenology as a settlement cue for migrating birds. J. Animal Ecology 78:22-30. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • van Riper, C., III, K. Paxton, C.J. van Riper, K.A. van Riper, L. McGrath, and J.J. Fontaine. 2008. The role of protected areas as bird stop-over habitat. Pp. 312-320, In: Rethinking Protected Areas in a Changing World. (S. Weber and D. Harmon, Eds.). The George Wright Society, Hancock, MI. Download  | 
  • Fontaine, J.J., M. Martel, H.M. Markland, A.M. Niklison, K.L. Decker and T.E. Martin. 2007. Testing ecological and behavioral correlates of nest predation. Oikos 116:1887-1894. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Fontaine, J.J., S.C. Stier, M.L. Maggio and K.L. Decker. 2007. Schoolyard microclimate. Science Teacher 74:38-42. Download  | 
  • Auer, S.K., R.D. Bassar, J.J. Fontaine, and T.E. Martin. 2007. Breeding biology of passerines in a subtropical montane forest in Northwestern Argentina. Condor 109:321-333. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Fontaine, J.J., and T.E. Martin. 2006. Habitat selection responses of parents to offspring predation risk: an experimental test. American Naturalist 168:811-818. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Fontaine, J.J., and T.E. Martin. 2006. Parent birds assess nest predation risk and adjust their reproductive strategies. Ecology Letters 9:428-434. Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Martin, T.E., R.D. Bassar, S.K. Bassar, J.J. Fontaine, P. Lloyd, H. Mathewson, A. Niklison, and A. Chalfoun. 2006. Life history and ecological correlates of geographic variation in egg and clutch mass among passerine species. Evolution 60:390-398 Abstract |  Download  | 
  • Martin, T.E., P.R. Martin, C.R. Olson, B.J. Heidinger, and J.J. Fontaine. 2000. Parental care and clutch sizes in North and South American birds. Science 287:1482-1485. Abstract |  Download  | 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 12

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 11

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 38

Scientific Publications: 117

Presentations: 178


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Craig Allen

Craig Allen received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and MS from Texas Tech University.


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Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  5. Wildlife Management Institute