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James E Lyons, Ph.D.

Biography

EDUCATION:

  • Ph.D. Biology, 2001, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061, Dissertation: Population Ecology and Foraging Behavior of Breeding Birds in Bottomland Hardwood Forests (Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey R. Walters)
  • M.S. Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Wildlife Biology, 1994, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, Thesis: Eco-physiology of Shorebirds During Winter and Migration at South Island, SC, (Advisor: Dr. Susan M. Haig)
  • B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, 1986, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405

STRUCTURED DECISION MAKING AND ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT PROJECTS (DECISION ANALYST & TEAM LEAD)

  1. Development of an Integrated Avian Monitoring Framework for the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Application of Structured Decision Making.  (3 SDM workshops: USFWS/USGS SDM Workshop, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV, 3-7 February 2014;  Spanish Fort, AL, 7-8 May 2014; Cedar Key, FL, 12-14 August 2014)
  2. Use of Structured Decision Making to Identify Management Priorities and Monitoring Targets for Salt Marsh Ecosystems (2 SDM workshops, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 11-12 and 24-26 January 2012)
  3. Decision Analysis for Optimal Wetland Management at Patuxent Research Refuge: Application of SDM for Comprehensive Conservation Planning (worked with Refuge staff during multiple meetings over a period of six months, 2011-2012)
  4. Decision Analysis for Coastal Wetland Management in Delaware Under Uncertainty about Sea Level Rise (USFWS/USGS SDM Workshop, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV, 13-17 September 2010)
  5. Scaup Conservation Action Plan: Linking Models to Conservation Actions and the Revised NAWMP (4 SDM workshops, 2009-2011)
  6. Impoundment Management at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge for the Benefit of Breeding Whooping Cranes (SDM workshop, Necedah NWR, 23-27 March 2009)
  7. Conservation and Management Decisions for Mountain Plovers throughout the Annual Cycle (USFWS/USGS SDM Workshop, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV, 21-25 July 2008)
  8. Application of Structured Decision Making to Assessment of Salt Marshes on National Wildlife Refuges in the Northeastern, Southwestern, and Northwestern U.S. (SDM workshop, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, 7-11 April 2008)
  9. Impoundment Management at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (SDM workshop, Necedah NWR, 4-7 March 2008)
  10. Integrated Wetland Bird Management and Monitoring Initiative.  (USFWS/USGS SDM Workshop, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV, 28 January-1 February 2008)
  11. Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) in the Prairie Pothole Region.  (USFWS/USGS SDM Workshop, La Crosse, WI, 14-18 January 2008)
  12. Wetland Loss and Fire Effects at Blackwater NWR and Fishing Bay WMA.  (USFWS Adaptive Management Consultancy, Cambridge, MD, 23-24 October 2007 and 29-30 April 2008)
  13. Application of Structured Decision Making for Multi-species Management of Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Populations in Delaware Bay. (SDM Workshop, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV, 9-13 July 2007)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center

  • Introduction to Structured Decision Making                               01/2010, 03/2008, 05/2013
  • Shorebird Ecology and Management                                                    6 times in 2007-2014

Lecturer in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Biology                                      08/2002 - 08/2004

Humbolt State University

  • Department of Wildlife, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
  • Conservation Biology (lecture)
  • Ornithology (lecture)
  • Ecology of Wildlife Populations (lecture)
  • Ecology and Management of Wetland Habitats for Wildlife (lecture)
  • Introduction to Wildlife Conservation and Administration (lecture)
  • Senior Seminar in Wildlife Management (discussion)
  • Ecology of Animal Movements (discussion)
  • Advanced Population Ecology (discussion)