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Ms. Abby Lawson

Abby with a gray whale cervical vertebrae in Nelson Lagoon, Alaska.


  • Ph D Clemson University 2019
  • MS University of Nevada, Reno 2012
  • BS University of California, Davis 2007


Abby is a population ecologist, focusing on developing tools to improve conservation decision-making in long-lived species. Abby received her B.S. from U.C. Davis in 2007, and completed her M.S. at the University of Nevada, Reno, investigating life history patterns and population biology of Common Goldeneyes in Alaska (her home state). Her PhD research examined reducing uncertainties in conservation decision-making for American alligators. Abby is now a postdoctoral fellow in the Alabama Coop Unit.

Research Interests

Population dynamics, life history strategies, quantitative ecology, and structured decision making.

Professional Society Service

  • Other - Member (December 2013 - December 2018)
  • Society for Conservation Biology - General Membership (January 2014 - December 2017)
  • Ecological Society of America - Member: National, Student Section (December 2013 - December 2015)
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Research Publications

  • Lawson, A.J., J.S. Sedinger, and E.J. Taylor. 2017. Identifying demographic and environmental drivers of recruitment and population growth in a cavity nesting sea duck population. Journal of Avian Biology 48:1394–1405. doi: 10.1111/jav.01359 Abstract |  Publisher Website | 
  • Lawson, A.J., J.S. Sedinger, and E.J. Taylor. 2017. Life history patterns, individual heterogeneity, and density dependence in breeding common goldeneyes of the northern boreal forest. Journal of Avian Biology 48:597–610. doi:10.1111/jav.00975 Abstract |  Publisher Website | 


  • Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resources (2017)

South Carolina University Committees and Workgroups

  • Abby LawsonStudent Representative, Faculty Search Committee (February 2017 - May 2017)
  • Abby LawsonRepresentative, College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences Dean's Student Advisory Board (September 2013 - August 2015)
  • Abby LawsonProfessional Development Coordinator, Natural Resources Graduate Student Association (June 2013 - May 2014)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 10

Scientific Publications: 37

Presentations: 159


Contact Information


South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Clemson University
  2. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute