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Dr. Joseph Fontaine


  • Ph D University of Montana 2006
  • BS University of Montana 1997

Research Interests

Broadly, my interest is evolutionary ecology, but my passion is understanding variation in life history strategies, both within and among species. Currently, I am examining how vegetative phenology, food availability, competition, and predation risk interact with individual condition to influence stopover site selection and subsequent behaviors in migratory birds.

More generally I am interested in:
* Life history evolution
* Avian ecology
* Behavioral ecology
* Physiological ecology
* Conservation biology
* Adaptive management
* Human impact biology

Professional Society Service

  • Cooper Ornithological Society - Local Committee Chair, 2009 Annual Meeting (August 2008 - May 2009)

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.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Adaptive Natural Resource Management (2013)
  • Science Writing (2012)
  • Writing for Publication (2012)
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Nebraska Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Joseph FontaineNebraska Natural Legacy Plan, Avian Priority Species Expert Panel (April 2010 - April 2010)

Technical Publications

  • Skagen, S.K., J.J. Fontaine, R. Stutzman, V. Steen, C. Melcher, J. Stamm, G. Clow, M. Anderson, P. Norton, N. Niemuth, J.M. Friedman, R. Gleason, and B. Tangen. 2011. Avian conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region, Northern Great Plains: Understanding the links between climate, ecosystem processes, wetland management, and bird communities. U.S.G.S. Fact Sheet 2011-XXX.
  • Fontaine, J.J. and C. van Riper. 2009. A neotropical migrant bird's dilemma: where to stop for a good meal: U.S.G.S. Fact Sheet 2009-3038 [].Abstract |

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

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