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Christine Ribic


  • Ph D University of Minnesota 1984
  • MS University of Minnesota 1983
  • MS University of Minnesota 1980
  • BS Colorado State University 1976


Dr. Ribic has experience working on conservation issues both in the terrestrial and marine ecosystems. She is trained as an ecologist and as a statistician.

Research Interests

conservation of grassland vertebrates in working agricultural landscapes; alternative energy production; global climate change; large-scale monitoring programs.

Teaching Interests

spatial ecology, metapopulations, landscape ecology

Professional Society Service

  • The Wildlife Society - North Central Section, Treasurer (December 2003 - December 2005)
  • The Wildlife Society - Biometrics Working Group, Chair (September 2001 - September 2002)
  • The Wildlife Society - Chair-elect, Biometrics Working Group (September 2000 - September 2001)
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Research Publications

  • McCauley, L.A., C.A. Ribic, L.Y. Pomara, and B. Zuckerberg. 2017. The future demographic niche of a declining grassland bird fails to shift poleward in response to climate change. Landscape Ecology 32: 807-821.
  • Byers, C.M., C. A. Ribic, D. W. Sample., J.D. Dadisman, and M. R. Guttery. 2017. Grassland bird productivity in warm season grass fields in southwest Wisconsin. American Midland Naturalist 178:47-63.
  • Brown, D.J., C.A. Ribic, D.M. Donner, M.D. Nelson, C.I. Bocetti, C.M. Deloria-Sheffeld. 2017. Using a full annual cycle model to evaluate long-term population viability of the conservation-reliant Kirtland’s warbler after successful recovery. Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 439–449
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Metapopulations and Other Advanced Topics (2010)
  • Metapopulations and other advanced topics (2008)
  • Metapopulations and other advanced topics (2006)
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Wisconsin Wildlife Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Christine RibicMember, Secretive Marshbird Monitoring Working Group, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (January 2005 - December 2009)

Technical Publications

  • Johnson, D.H., J.P. Gibbs, M. Herzog, S. Lor, N.D. Niemuth, C.A. Ribic, M. Seamans, T.L. Shaffer, G. Shriver, S. Stehman, and W.L. Thompson. 2008. A sampling design framework for monitoring secretive marshbirds. Final Report, US Geological Survey, Status and Trends of Biological Resources, Reston, VA.

  • Ribic, C. 2006. Predator Activity and Grassland Bird Nesting Success in an Agricultural Landscape
  • Ribic, C. 2006. Field Validation of GIS-based Models for Regional and Refuge Bird Conservation Planning
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 0

Post Docs: 6

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 28

Presentations: 64

Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

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