Courtney L Amundson, Ph.D.

Ecology of birds, spatial ecology, predator-prey dynamics, reproductive impacts of energy development on wildlife, wetland-dependent wildlife, and wildlife statistics.

Biography

Education

Ph.D.     2010        University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN           Natural Resource Science & Mgmt
M.S.       2007        University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN           Wildlife Management
B.S.        2003        University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN           Fisheries and Wildlife

Current Activities

  • Estimating abundance, population trends, habitat relationships, detection probability and distributions of waterfowl, landbirds, and shorebirds in Alaska using point-count and aerial survey data
  • Reviewing the effects of thermokarst features on wildlife in the Arctic Coastal Plain, AK
  • Coordinator, USGS technical review of the Alaska BLM Rapid Ecoregional Assessments
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Wildlife Management

Professional Experience

2012 - Present      Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, AK
2010 - 2012          Research Associate, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN/
                                 USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND
2010 - 2011          Post-doctoral Researcher, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
2008 - 2010          Student Contractor, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND
2008                      Visiting Instructor, Population Ecology, Carlton College, Northfield, MN
2004 - 2008          Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

American Ornithologists’ Union
The Waterbirds Society
The Wildlife Society
Delta Waterfowl Foundation
Ducks Unlimited