Assistant Unit Leader - Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit
Since joining the USGS in 2011, his research has focused on developing and applying quantitative approaches to understanding and managing wildlife disease processes. He has conducted applied research on a wide array of diseases including bighorn sheep respiratory disease, chronic wasting disease, Newcastle Disease, and Avian Influenza. He also conducts capacity building in wildlife disease management for countries throughout the world in collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
2011 – Present Quantitative Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center, Madison WI
2007 – 2011 Disease Researcher, Colorado Division of Wildlife
2003 – 2007 Research Assistant-Michigan State University
2000 – 2002 Research Assistant-Colorado State University
Education and Certifications
Ph. D. Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, 2007
M. S. Statistics Michigan State University, 2007
M. S. Fish and Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, 2002
B. S. Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, 1999
Affiliations and Memberships*
Honorary Fellow, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Affiliate Faculty, South Dakota State University
Member of the Wildlife Disease Association
Member of the Wildlife Society
Member of the North Central Section of the Wildlife Society
Member of Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society
Science and Products
**Disclaimer: The views expressed in Non-USGS publications are those of the author and do not represent the views of the USGS, Department of the Interior, or the U.S. Government.
Science and Products
Non-USGS Publications**Alldredge, M. W., D. P. Walsh, L. L. Sweanor, R. B. Davies, A. Trujillo. 2015. Evaluation of translocation of black bears involved in human–bear conflicts in South-central Colorado. Wildlife Society Bulletin 39: 334–340. doi:10.1002/wsb.526.Smith, J. B., D. P. Walsh, E. J. Goldstein, Z. D. Parsons, R. C. Karsch, J. R. Stiver, J. W. Cain III, K. J. Raedeke, and J. A. Jenks. 2014. Techniques for capturing bighorn sheep lambs. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38: 165–174. doi: 10.1002/wsb.360.Davis, M. J., S. Thokala, X. Xing, N. T. Hobbs, D. P. Walsh, R. Y. Han, and S. Mishra. 2012. Developing a data-transfer model for a novel Wildlife-tracking network. Wildlife Society Bulletin 36:820–827.Walsh, D. P., L. L. Wolfe, M. E. P. Vieira, and M. W. Miller. 2012. Detection probability and Pasteurellaceae surveillance in bighorn sheep. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48: 593–602.Sirochman, M. A., K. J. Woodruff, J. L. Grigg, D. P. Walsh, K. P. Huyvaert, M. W. Miller, and L. L. Wolfe. 2012. Evaluation of management treatments intended to increase lamb recruitment in a bighorn sheep herd. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48:781–784.Walsh, D. P., H. Campa III, D. E. Beyer Jr., and S. R. Winterstein. 2011. Measurement error and survey design in sightability model development. Journal of Wildlife Management 75: 1228–1235.Bishop, C. J., C. R. Anderson, D. P. Walsh, E. J. Bergman, P. Kuechle, and J. Roth. 2011. Effectiveness of a redesigned vaginal implant transmitter in mule deer. Journal of Wildlife Management 75: 1797–1806.Walter, W. D., D. P. Walsh, M. L. Farnsworth, D. L. Winkleman, and M. W. Miller. 2011. Soil clay content underlies prion infection odds. Nature Communications 2:200 doi: 10.1038/ncomms1203.Walsh, D. P., and M. W. Miller. 2010. A weighted surveillance approach for detecting chronic wasting disease foci. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46: 118–135.Walsh, D. P., J. R. Stiver, G. C. White, T. E. Remington, and A. D. Apa. 2010. Population estimation techniques for lekking species. Journal of Wildlife Management 74: 1607–1613.Griffin, K. A., D. J. Martin, L. E. Rosen, M. A. Sirochman, D. P. Walsh, L. L. Wolfe, and M. W. Miller. 2010. Detection of Yersinia pestis DNA in prairie dog-associated fleas by polymerase chain reaction assay of purified DNA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46: 636–643.Martin, D. J., B. R. McMillan, J. D. Erb, T. A. Gorman, and D. P. Walsh. 2010. Diel activity patterns of river otters (Lontra canadensis) in southeastern Minnesota. Journal of Mammalogy 91: 1213–1224.Wolfe, L. L., B. Diamond, T. R. Spraker, M. A. Sirochman, D. P. Walsh, C. M. Machin, D. J. Bade, and M. W. Miller. 2010. A bighorn sheep die-off in southern Colorado involving a Pasteurellaceae strain that may have originated from syntopic Cattle. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46: 1262–1269.Rosen, L. E., D. P. Walsh, L. L. Wolfe, C. L. Bedwell, and M. W. Miller. 2009. Effects of selenium supplementation and sample storage time on blood indices of selenium status in bighorn sheep. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 45: 795–801.Walsh, D. P., C. F. Page, H. Campa III, S. R. Winterstein, and D. E. Beyer Jr. 2009. Incorporating estimates of group size in sightability models for wildlife. Journal of Wildlife Management 73: 136–143.Walsh, D.P. 2007. Population estimation and fixed kernel analyses of elk in Michigan. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. Ph.D. Dissertation, 238pp.Felix, A. B., D. P. Walsh, B. D. Hughey, H. Campa III, and S. R. Winterstein. 2006. Applying landscape-scale habitat-potential models to understand deer spatial structure and movement patterns. Journal of Wildlife Management 71: 804–810.Walsh, D. P., G. C. White, T. E. Remington, and D. C. Bowden. 2004. Evaluation of the lek-count index for greater-sage grouse. Wildlife Society Bulletin 32: 56–68.Walsh, D. P. 2002. Population estimation techniques for Greater-Sage Grouse. Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. M.S. Thesis, 139 pp.
*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government