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Dr. Sarah Converse

Sarah J. Converse, Unit Leader


Sarah joined the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in early 2017. She is an Associate Professor with appointments in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

Research Interests

Sarah's research program is built around 2 themes: quantitative population ecology of endangered species, and decision analysis applications in endangered species management.

Research Publications

  • Gerber, B.D., S.J. Converse, E. Muths, H.J. Crockett, B.A. Mosher, and L.L. Bailey. 2018. Identifying species conservation strategies to reduce disease-associated declines. Conservation Letters 11:1-10.
  • Barzen JA, SJ Converse, PH Adler, A Lacy, E Gray, and A Gossens. 2018. Examination of multiple working hypotheses to address reproductive failure in reintroduced Whooping Cranes. The Condor 120:632-649.
  • Cummings JW, SJ Converse, DR Smith, S Morey, and MC Runge. 2018. Implicit decision framing as an unrecognized source of confusion in endangered species classification. Conservation Biology 32:1246-1254.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Analysis of Ecological and Environmental Data (2018)

Washington Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Sarah ConverseUSGS Research Grade Evaluation Panel (April 2017 - April 2017)

Technical Publications

  • Moore, C. T., S. J. Converse, M. J. Folk, R. Boughton, B. Brooks, J. B. French, T. E. O'Meara, M. Putnam, J. Rodgers, and M. Spalding. 2008. Releases of whooping cranes to the Florida nonmigratory flock: A structured decision making approach. Final Report to the International Whooping Crane Recovery Team.Abstract |

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 12

Scientific Publications: 42

Presentations: 39

Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Washington
  4. Washington Department of Ecology
  5. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  6. Washington Department of Natural Resources
  7. Washington State University
  8. Wildlife Management Institute