Aaron Pearse


Dr. Aaron Pearse is a Research Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and stationed at Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota.  For over 10 years, he has worked primarily with migratory birds and has addressed needs of natural resource managers by providing answers that lead to science-based management of wildlife species and ecosystems in which they depend.  Aaron is responsible for identifying and conducting research relevant to agencies within the Department of the Interior and other partners including the federal government, state governments, and non-governmental organizations.  He functions as a team leader and primary investigator on projects primarily in three general areas: ecology and management of North American waterfowl and cranes, natural resource survey design and application, and landscape scale studies of upland and wetland habitats in the Prairie Pothole Region. 


  • Ph.D. Mississippi State University, 2007
  • M.S. University of Idaho, 2002
  • B.S. Kansas State University, 1998

Professional Experience

  • Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS-Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND , 2007-present


  • Adjunct Research Professor, South Dakota State University, 2017-present


  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Canadian Wildlife Service
  • International Crane Foundation
  • North Dakota Game and Fish Department
  • South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks