David Mushet


David (Dave) Mushet is a Research Wildlife Biologist and Chief of the Climate and Land-use Branch at the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, ND.  Dr. Mushet’s research is focused principally on prairie-pothole wetland ecosystems of the northern Great Plains and has included topics such as the provisioning of ecosystem services, the development of complex systems models, and the influences of changing environmental drivers (e.g., climate and land-use) on wetland ecosystem processes. In his role as Branch Chief, Dave supervises several other research scientists working together to meet the science information needs of the Department of the Interior, and other partner agencies and organizations. 


  • Ph.D., 2010, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • B.S., 1991, Wildlife Biology, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Professional Experience

  • Chief, Climate and Land-use Change Branch USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (2015-present)
  • Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (2011-present)
  • Associate Editor, Wetlands (2011-present)
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, North Dakota State University (2012-present)
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Oklahoma State University (2018-present)
  • President North Central Chapter Society of Wetland Scientists (2015-2017)
  • Wildlife Biologist, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (1999-2011)
  • Biological Science Technician, USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (1992-1999)


  • Society of Wetland Scientists
  • Great Plains Natural Science Society
  • The Wildlife Society, ND Chapter                   
  • Society for Conservation Biology


  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • USDA – Farm Service Agency
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Multiple Universities