Fieberg Lab News

The Summer of 2017!

Lots of news to report this summer!

  • John was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure & chosen as a McKnight Presidential fellow!
  • Althea ArchMiller moved into a tenure track position at Concordia College in Moorhead MN!
  • Juliana Vélez joined the Fieberg lab as a new PhD student in Conservation Sciences.  Juliana is a Fulbright scholar and an Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Scholar.  Welcome Juliana!
  • Jake Ferguson joined the Fieberg lab as a postdoc.  He will be working to develop recommendations for monitoring zebra mussels in newly infected lakes.  Welcome Jake!
  • John helped co-teach workshops related to animal tracking/movement in North Carolina and Faido, Switzerland.
  • John gave a talk at the Euring meeting in Barcelona, Spain titled, "How, Why, and How Much: Understanding space-use patterns by linking animal movement, habitat selection, and home range"
  • John and Althea co-taught a workshop titled, Developing a Workflow to Maximize Reproducibility and Research Impact: Managing Data,  Computer Code, and Projects for Success.  They will also be providing this workshop at this year's Wildlife Society meeting in Aluquerque.
  • Lots of new papers accepted - see the publications tab!
Publish Date: 
Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 8:00pm

Estimating utilization distributions from fitted step-selection functions

New paper in Ecopshere:  Ever wonder how to estimate a utilization distribution (UD) from a fitted step-selection function?  Simulation!Estimated UD from fitted step-selection functions

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 7:15am

From Gopher to Cobber: Althea lands a dream job!

I'm honored and excited to begin this new chapter in my life. I am impressed with everyone that I have met at Concordia, and I look forward to meeting my new students in the fall. I will also miss the Fieberg Lab! I have learned a lot by working with such great people, and I feel well-prepared for the tasks ahead. Thanks!  - Althea ArchMiller

Concordia's tower

Publish Date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:45am

New Publications Coming Out of the Lab!

Iannarilli F., Melcore I., Sozio G., Roviani D., & Mortelliti A. 2017. Long-term colonization and extinction patterns of a forest-dependent rodent (Muscardinus avellanarius) in highly fragmented landscapes. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy, online-first. 

Berg, S., J. Erb, J. Fieberg, J. Forester. In Press.  Comparing the Utility of Varying Amounts of Radio-Telemetry Data for Improving Statistical Population Reconstruction of American Marten in Northern Minnesota. Journal of Wildlife Management.   




Publish Date: 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:30am

Bear Research Made the News (Again!)

Mark Ditmer's research into the effects of drones on bear physiology was recently reported on by Discover Magazine. Although Mark's heart originally raced with each new interview, he admits that over time he has been habituated to all the news coverage. Read the full story here.

Drone's view of bears in enclosure

Publish Date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 7:30am

TWS MN - Best Student Presentation & Poster

Hans Martin recently won Best Student Presentation at the Minnesota Chapter of The Widllife Society meeting, and Mark Ditmer's poster (presented by Spencer Rettler) won Best Student Poster

  • Martin, H. ... Fieberg, J. ... Factors affecting elk (Cervus elaphus) encounter rates by gray wolves (Canis lupus) in Yellowstone National Park. Oral presentation.
  • Ditmer, M. ... Fieberg, J. ... Cardiac response of American black bears to roadways. Poster presentation (presented by S. Rettler).
Publish Date: 
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 6:45am

Recent Lab Papers

Four papers have been recently published by Fieberg lab members:

  • Street, G., J. Fieberg, .... In press. Habitat functional response mitigates reduced foraging opportunity: implications for animal fitness and space use. Landscape Ecology.
  • Vitense, K. et al. (2016) Theoretical impacts of habitat loss and generalist predation on predatory-prey cycles. Ecological Modelling 327:85-94.
  • ArchMiller, A.A., et al. (2016) Spatial variability of soil respiration in a 64-year-old longleaf pine forest. Plant and Soil.
  • ArchMiller, A.A. and Samuelson, L.J. (2016) Partitioning longleaf pine soil respiration into its heterotrophic and autotrophic components through root exclusion. Forests 7(2):39. Open Access. (Graphical Abstract Below)

Graphical Abstract 

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 6:30am


Today the lab hit the lanes for the 1st Fieberg Lab Bowling Extravaganza!  

Fieberg Lab Bowling

Records for the fastest and slowest speeds:

Hans threw an amazing 17.42 mph ball--we're pretty sure it broke the sound barrier! Then late in the 2nd game, David just surpassed John's record for the slowest throw at 4.51 mph. It didn't hit any pins, which was an "added challenge" reports David. 


Publish Date: 
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 11:45am

Pumpkin Winner!!

Happy Halloween!  John won the department's 2015 pumpkin carving contest. His detailed diorama of a moose beat out many other great pumpkins!

winning pumpkin

Here is John's pumpkin, plus the runner up pumpkins by N. Hill & J. Bohnen.

Publish Date: 
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 12:30pm

New Website

New web page up and running!

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 6:45pm
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