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Wisconsin Wildlife Research Activities

Unit graduate student, Abbey Thompson, prepares infrared digital cameras used to monitor deer behavior and interactions in research studies related to transmission of CWD.

Unit research is done on a wide variety of topics having to do with natural resource issues and conservation at the state, regional, national, or international level. State projects are developed in collaboration with the state Department of Natural Resources. Other projects are developed to meet the needs of federal partners.

Wisconsin Wildlife Active Projects

Wisconsin Wildlife Completed Projects

Wisconsin Wildlife Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Zuckerberg, B., C.A. Ribic, and L.A. McCauley. 2018. Effects of temperature and precipitation on grassland bird nesting success as mediated by patch size. Conservation Biology 32:872-882.
  • Pasternak, G., D. Zviely, A. Ariel, E. Spanier, and C.A. Ribic. 2018. Message in a Bottle - the story of floating plastic in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Waste Management 77:67-77.
  • 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.
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Wisconsin Wildlife Technical Publications

  • Paxton, E. H., J. Burgett, E. McDonald-Fadden, E. Bean, C. T. Atkinson, D. Ball, C. Cole, L. H. Crampton, J. Kraus, D. A. LaPointe, L. Mehrhoff, M. D. SAMUEL, D. C. Brewer, S. J. Converse, and S. Morey. 2012. Keeping Hawai’i’s Forest Birds One Step Ahead of Avian Diseases in a Warming World: a focus on Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge: A Case Study from the Structured Decision Making Workshop, February 28-March 4, 2011, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii USA.
  • 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.

  • Conner, M.M., J. E. Gross, P. C. Cross, M. R. Ebinger, R. R. Gillies, M. D. Samuel, and M. M. Miller. Scale-dependent approaches to modeling spatial epidemiology of chronic wasting disease. Utah Division of Wildlife, United States Geologic Survey, and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Report, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Available at: or all of the websites/CWD_Spatial_Modeling.pdf.
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Wisconsin Wildlife Theses and Dissertations

  • Asper, S. 2017. Report: Grassland bird species abundance on grazed and non-grazed land at Buena Vista Wildlife Area, WI. M.S.(Agroecology), University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Byers, Jr., BJ. 2017. Avian response to fall biomass harvest on the Leopold Wetland Management District, Wisconsin. M.S. Thesis, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • Byers, Carolyn M. 2013. Grassland bird use of warm season grass fields in southwest Wisconsin. M.S. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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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: 9

Scientific Publications: 29

Presentations: 57


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