Research Overview

The Greek poet Archilochus once said, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.''  I've always viewed myself more as a fox than a hedgehog.  My PhD research largely focused on methods for performing population viability analysis (Conservation Biology). I then worked for 2&1/2 years at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (Fisheries) in Olympia, WA, followed by 10 years as a Wildlife biometrician with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  A common theme throughout my research has been the use of quantitative methods to make conclusions from what often tends to be messy data.  

My students have worked on a diverse set of problems:  developing methods for modeling regime shifts in shallow lakes, evaluating camera-based study designs for monitoring multiple carnivore species, and exploring the distribution, habitat use, and migration of sandhill cranes that breed in MN.  Although I'm open to working on a variety of problems, much of my past research has tended to fall into one of 5 main categories:

 A full list of publications can be found here or via google scholar.