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Andrew Kniowski

Andrew K

Biography

Having grown up in Virginia, I was excited to return to my home state and become a part of the cooperative unit in 2012. I love to learn, I love to build things, and I love to help people. During my time with the unit I have been able to invest not only in my education but also with people and the projects we support.

Over the past several years I have been able to explore many new areas of research as well as expand my teaching skills and develop new areas of interest. I have enjoyed expanding my knowledge of geospatial data systems as well as developing and maintaining a database for our lab encompassing many supported projects. As co-instructor of a graduate class in R programing, I was able share things I’ve learned as well as develop several new scripts that have been helpful to others.

Research Interests

My dissertation research examines the biodiversity impacts of White-tailed deer. Key focus areas include evaluating the influence of spatial patterns and structure on impact and evaluating the predictability of herbivory impacts.

I have also been involved with research working to understand bat ecology in the eastern United States with a focus on the federally listed Indiana bat, and Northern long eared bat. Previous research includes work examining the migratory patterns of Red and Silver haired bats in the great lakes region and the ecology of the Peaks of Otter salamander.

ADDITIONAL PUBLICATIONS

Kniowski, A. and W.M. Ford. Predicting intensity of deer herbivory in the central Appalachian Mountains. In preparation.

Kniowski, A. and W.M. Ford. Spatial patterns of white-tailed deer herbivory in the central Appalachian Mountains. In preparation.

Kniowski, A. S. Gehrt, and A. Silvis. Spring migratory flight paths of Lasiurine bats on the southern edge of Lake Erie. In preparation.

Ford, W.M., A. Silvis, J.L. Rodrigue, A.B. Kniowski, and J.B. Johnson. 2016. Deriving habitat models for northern bats (Myotis septentrionalis) from historical detection data: A case study using the Fernow Experimental Forest. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. 7:86-98.

Kniowski, A. and R. Pietsch. 2015. Plethodon hubrichti (Peaks of Otter salamander) behavior. Herpetological Review. 46:71

Kniowski, A. and S. Gehrt. 2014. Home Range and Habitat Selection of the Indiana Bat in an Agricultural Landscape. Journal of Wildlife Management. 78:503-512.

Kniowski, A., S. Gehrt and A. Silvis. 2012. Migratory flight paths of Lasiurine bats along Lake Erie. Technical report. Submitted to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. 40pp.

Kniowski, A. and S. Gehrt. 2011. Summer Ecology of Indiana Bats in Ohio. Technical report. Submitted to the Ohio Department of Transportation, Office of Research and Development. 158pp.

Kniowski, A. and N. Reichenbach. 2009. The Ecology of the Peaks of Otter Salamander (Plethodon hubrichti) in sympatry with the Eastern Red-backed Salamander (P. cinereus). Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 4:285-294.

Kniowski, A. and N. Reichenbach. 2006. Plethodon hubrichti (Peaks of Otter Salamander) reproduction. Herpetological Review 37:332.

Research Publications

  • St. Germain, M.J., A.B. Kniowski, A. Silvis and W.M. Ford. 2017. Who Knew? First Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis) Maternity Colony in the Coastal Plain of Virginia. Northeastern Naturalist 24:N5-N10.
  • Ford. W.M., A. Silvis, J.L. Rodrigue, A. Kniowski and J.B. Johnson. 2016. Deriving habitat models for northern bats (Myotis septentrionalis) from historical detection data: A case study using long-term research on the Fernow Experimental Forest, West Virginia, USA. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 7(1): 86-98 Abstract | 
  • Silvis, A., A.B. Kniowski, S.D. Ghert, and W.M. Ford. 2014. Roosting and foraging social structure of the endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) . PLos ONE 9(5):1-12 (e9637) Abstract | 
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 11

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 62

Presentations: 117

 

Contact Information

Personal Web Site: http://enliteart.com

Advisor

Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  5. Wildlife Management Institute