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Garth Herring

I am an Avian Ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center in Corvallis, Oregon. My research focuses on identifying and understanding environmental threats primarily to avian populations and providing sound scientific research to implement conservation solutions.

My work focuses on understanding the physiological responses of wildlife to environmental contaminants and landscape-scale stressors. I specialize in field-based ecological studies to assess the impacts of stressors (lead, mercury, prey availability, rodenticides) on the behavior and reproduction of avian species. Additionally, my laboratory-based studies examine the physiological responses of a variety of wildlife (birds, amphibians, and fishes) to a wide array of environmental contaminants.

Professional Experience

  • 2012 – Present: Ecologist, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Corvallis, OR

  • 2008–2012: Post-doctoral Research Scholar, University of California, Davis & USGS Western Ecological Research Center, Davis, CA

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Integrative Biology, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (2008)

  • M.S., Fisheries & Wildlife Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (2003)

  • B.S., Environmental Science, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB, Canada (1999)

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • 2019-2022: Associate Editor, Avian Research

  • 2014-2016: Associate Editor, Journal of Wildlife Management

  • 2012-2015: Associate Editor, Wetlands

Science and Products

*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