Deborah Buhl


Deb Buhl is a statistician at Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, ND.  As a statistician she has analyzed data for numerous ecological projects, including assessing effects of wind turbines on grassland birds, density estimates of Siberian Cranes, nest success of American coots, and food habits of striped skunks.  She has analyzed data from a variety of animal species, including grassland birds, shorebirds, waterfowl, cranes, deer, badgers, skunks, and invertebrates, and from a variety of habitats including grasslands, forests, rivers, and wetlands.  She has applied numerous statistical techniques to ecological data including generalized linear mixed models, ordination, occupancy modeling, resource selection, distance sampling, repeated measures models, nest survival models, and power analyses.  Prior to being a statistician, she worked as a biological technician conducting research on waterfowl behavior, movement, and survival.


  • M.S., 1999, Statistics, North Dakota State University
  • B.S., 1987, Wildlife Management, University of Minnesota

Professional Experience

  • 1999-present: Statistician, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
  • 1997-1999: Student Trainee (Statistics), Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
  • 1989-1996: Biological Technician (Wildlife), Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center