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Dr. Thomas Edwards

Thomas Edwards after a pleasant day telemarking in the Utah back country.


  • Ph D University of Florida 1987
  • MS University of New Mexico 1983
  • BS Humboldt State University 1980


He currently is a Research Scientist with the USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources, Utah State University.

Research Interests

Dr. Edwards' current research interests include bioregional conservation planning, and the development of methods for assessing and monitoring biological diversity at large landscape scales. These efforts include (i) a European-based effort of the joint effects of climate and land change on biodieveristy in western Europe, (ii) climate change effects on conifers of western North America, and (iii) impacts of urban disturbance fronts in regions of high urban growth and development.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Edwards teaches graduate level classes in The Design and Analysis of Ecological Research, and Topics in Spatial Ecology. He also teaches two NCTC courses, Species Distribution Models Using R (#CSP4220), and Ensemble Modelling Approaches: Extending Species Distribution Models to Forecast Environments (#CSP4240).

Professional Society Service

  • Cooper Ornithological Society - Treasurer (May 2003 - June 2008)
  • Cooper Ornithological Society - Member, Finance Committee (December 2002 - June 2003)

Research Publications

  • Goeking, S. A, Izlar, D. K., and T. C. Edwards, Jr. A landscape-level assessment of whitebark pine regeneration in the Rocky Mountains, USA. In revision, Forest Science.
  • Stoner, D. C., J. O. Sexton, D. M. Choatec, J. Nagolb, H. H. Bernalesd, S. A. Simsa, K. E. Ironsidee, K. M. Longshoref, and T. C. Edwards, Jr. 2018. Climatically driven changes in primary production propagate through trophic levels. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14364
  • Ironside, K. E., D. J. Mattson, T. Theimer, B. Jansen, B. Holton, T. Arundel, M. Peters, J. O. Sexton, and T. C. Edwards, Jr. 2017. Quantifying animal movement for caching foragers: The path identification index (PII) and cougars, Puma concolor. Movement Ecology 5:24. DOI 10.1186/s40462-017-0115-z
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • baseR - Data Management and Manipulation in R (2019)
  • Independent Study (2019)
  • baseR - Data Management and Manipulation in R (2018)
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Utah University Committees and Workgroups

  • Thomas EdwardsChair, Graduate Studies Committee, Department of Wildland Ressources, Utah State University (July 2007 - August 2012)
  • Thomas EdwardsSearch Committee, Assistant Professor Wildlife Ecology, Department of Wildland Resurces, Utah State Univerity (September 2010 - April 2011)

Technical Publications

  • Toth, R.E., T. C. Edwards, Jr., A. L. Perschon, and D. C. White. 2010. Bear River Watershed: its role in maintaining the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. Final Project Report No. 2010-1, U.S. Geological Survey, Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322-5290.
  • Edwards, T. C., Jr., F. P. Howe, R. E. Norvell, T. L. Wilson, J. Ripplinger, and J. Gibson. Disturbance as a management tool: effects on selected wildlife species in Rich County, Utah. Final Project Report No. 2009-3, USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-5290 USA.
  • Hurst, L. A., R. E. Toth, T. C. Edwards, Jr.. 2009. Alternative Futures 2030: Ogden Vallye, Utah. Final Project Report No. 2009-1, USGS Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-5290 USA.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 28

Presentations: 101


Contact Information

Tel: (435) 797 - 2529 Personal Web Site:

Links of Interest

Current Students

Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
  4. Utah State University/College of Natural Resources
  5. Wildlife Management Institute