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James Nichols, Ph.D.

Dr. Jim Nichols conducts research on animal population dynamics and management

Recent Accomplishments


  • B.S. Wake Forest University, Biology, 1971
  • M.S. Louisiana State University, Wildlife Management, 1973
  • Ph.D. Michigan State University, Wildlife Ecology, 1976

Professional Studies/Experience

  • Adaptive management and assessment of habitat changes on migratory birds
  • Development of models of mallard population dynamics for adaptive harvest management
  • Development of methods to estimate parameters associated with animal population dynamics
  • Statistical methods for species richness estimation
  • Technical Assistance -Tiger Monitoring and Population Research
  • Development of methods for estimating patch occupancy and patch-dynamic parameters from detection-nondetection survey data
  • Development of methods to estimate species richness and community-dynamic parameters from species list data


Professional societies/affiliations/committees/editorial boardsScientific/Oral Presentations, Abstracts

Honors, awards, recognition, elected offices

  • 2005 - U.S. Presidential Rank Award (Meritorious Senior Professional) 
  • 2004 - U.S. Geological Survey Meritorious Service Award
  • 2004 - IFAS Scholar Award, University of Florida
  • 1998 - Promoted to Senior Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey 
  • 1991 - The George W. Snedecor Award of the American Statistical Association 
  • 1991 - The Wildlife Society's Wildlife Publication Award for Monograph 
  • 1984 - Southeastern Section of the Wildlife Society, Outstanding Publication Award

Scientific/Oral Presentations, Abstracts