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Clint Otto, PhD

Clint Otto is a Research Ecologist for the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota.

The principal goal of my research program is to investigate the impacts of land-use change on pollinator habitat and ecosystem services in the Prairie Pothole Region. Much of my research focuses on the development of decision-support tools for informing natural resource policy and management.  My lab’s current research projects include modeling the effects of agricultural land-use change and grassland management on pollinator habitat and population health. In addition, my lab works with multiple federal partners to improve population monitoring of the endangered Rusty Patched bumble bee and other pollinators of conservation concern.  My team also collaborates on several remote sensing, artificial intelligence, and eDNA projects designed to enhance monitoring of pollinators and their habitats on a national scale.

Professional Experience

  • Research Ecologist, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Education and Certifications

  • Michigan State University (Ph.D.), 2012

  • Towson University (M.S.), 2006

  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (B.S.), 2002

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