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Professor Daniel Roby

Dan Roby with some friends on Buldir Island, western Aleutians


  • Ph D University of Pennsylvania 1986
  • MS University of Alaska Fairbanks 1978
  • BA Antioch College 1974


Unit Leader-Wildlife
Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Professor of Wildlife Ecology
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University

Research Interests

Seabird/Fisheries Interactions
Physiological Ecology of Birds, with emphasis on seabirds
Conservation and Restoration of Colonial Waterbirds
Climate Change and Seabird Ecology

Teaching Interests

Wildlife Energetics and Nutrition
Conservation Biology of Wildlife

Professional Society Service

  • Pacific Seabird Group - Member, World Seabird Conference Organizing Committee (February 2007 - September 2010)
  • Pacific Seabird Group - Member of the Organizing Committee at the First World Seabird Conference (October 2008 - September 2009)
  • American Ornithologists' Union - Member, Local Organizing Committee, 2008 Annual Meeting (September 2006 - August 2008)
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Research Publications

  • Cushing, D.A., D.D. Roby, and D.B. Irons. In review. Patterns of distribution, abundance, and change over time in a subarctic marine bird community. Submitted to Deep-Sea Research II
  • Marcella, T.K., S.M. Gende, D.D. Roby, and A. Allignol. 2017. Disturbance of a Rare Seabird by Ship-based Tourism in a Marine Protected Area. PLoS One
  • Collar, S., D. D. Roby, and D. E. Lyons. Top-down and bottom-up interactions influence nesting success at the world's largest colony of Caspian terns (Hydroprogne caspia) in the Columbia River estuary. Abstract | 
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Conservation Biology of Wildlife (2016)
  • Conservation Biology of Wildlife (2014)
  • Physiological Ecology of Wildlife (2013)
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Oregon Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Daniel RobyChair, Pacific Seabird Group (October 2003 - January 2004)
  • Daniel RobyMember, Selection Committee, Mewaldt-King Student Research Award, Cooper Ornithological Society (October 2002 - September 2003)
  • Daniel RobyMember, Marbled Murrelet Effectiveness Monitoring Work Group (January 1996 - September 2003)
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Oregon University Committees and Workgroups

  • Daniel RobyMember, Space Committee / Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University (October 2016 - October 2017)
  • Daniel RobyMember, Selection Committee, Mace Watchable Wildlife Endowed Chair, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University (August 2016 - January 2017)
  • Daniel RobyMember, Safety and Facilities Committee / Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University (October 2015 - September 2016)
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Technical Publications

  • Piggott, A.R., S.B. Stark, B.R. Higgins, B.P. Underwood, D.B. Irons, and D.D. Roby. 2017. Recovery monitoring of the pigeon guillemot population at the Naked Island Group
    in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Restoration Project 2016 Annual Report, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, Alaska. 31 pp.
  • Roby, D.D., K. Collis, D.E. Lyons, T.J. Lawes, Y. Suzuki, P.J. Loschl, K.S. Bixler, K. Kelly, E. Schniedermeyer, A.F. Evans, B. Cramer, J. Morella, A. Turecek, Q. Payton, and M. Hawbecker. 2017. Evaluation of foraging behavior, dispersal, and predation on ESAlisted
    salmonids by Caspian terns displaced from managed colonies in the Columbia Plateau region. 2016 Final Annual Report to the Grant County (WA) Public Utility District and the Priest Rapids Coordinating Committee, Ephrata, Washington. 123 pp.
  • Roby, D.D., K. Collis, P.J. Loschl, Y. Suzuki, D.E. Lyons, T.J. Lawes, K.S. Bixler, B.
    Caillouet, B. Underwood, A.F. Evans, B. Cramer, A. Turecek, Q. Payton, and M.
    Hawbecker. 2017. Avian predation on juvenile salmonids: evaluation of the Caspian Tern
    Management Plan in the Columbia River Estuary. 2016 Final Annual Report to the
    Bonneville Power Administration and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council,
    Portland, Oregon. 83 pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 13

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 17

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 74

Presentations: 241

Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

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