Jane E Austin, PhD

Jane E Austin, PhD

Research Wildlife Biologist

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Email: jaustin@usgs.gov
Phone: 701-253-5510
Fax: 701-253-5553
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8775-2210

Address:
8711 37Th Street SE
Jamestown, ND 58401


Expertise

Biography

My research has focused on the ecology of wetland birds and their habitat and habitat management practices, and on information transfer through publications, synthesis products, and workshops. Originally trained and focused on waterfowl ecology and management, my interests and research have expanded over time to other waterbirds and the ecology of their wetland habitats, the role of fire in wetlands, and using science in conservation planning.  Past research includes breeding ecology of sandhill cranes, and effects of grazing and burning on biota, at Grays Lake NWR, Idaho; waterfowl distribution in the national grasslands of the western Dakotas, and development of the first implementation plan for the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture.  Recent investigations include evaluating the role of fire in sedge meadows relative to yellow rails, other birds, and vegetation at Seney NWR; use of digital audio recorders for monitoring secretive marshbirds such as yellow rails; and implications of climate change on refuge wetland management and monitoring.  I have been instrumental in scaup conservation planning through various workshops and the development of a comprehensive conservation action plan for greater and lesser scaup, in close cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Flyways.  Currently, my research and writing is focused on scaup population dynamics at Red Rocks Lake NWR, revisiting the wetland plant communities used by Stewart and Kantrud for the development of their 1971 wetland classification system, and relationships between cranes and agriculture at an international scale.  I serve on the Technical Committee of the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture, Ornithological Council, and IUCN's Crane Specialist Group.  I received my PhD and MS at University of Missouri, studying the winter ecology of Canada geese and post-breeding ecology of female lesser scaup.

Science and Products

Publications

Filter Total Items: 32
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Year Published: 2016

Habitat selection by postbreeding female diving ducks: Influence of habitat attributes and conspecifics

Habitat selection studies of postbreeding waterfowl have rarely focused on within-wetland attributes such as water depth, escape cover, and food availability. Flightless waterfowl must balance habitat selection between avoiding predation risks and feeding. Reproductively successful female ducks face the greatest challenges because they begin the definitive prebasic molt at or near the end of...

Austin, Jane E.; O'Neil, Shawn T.; Warren, Jeffrey M.
Austin, J. E., S. T. O'Neil, and J. M. Warren. 2016. Habitat selection by postbreeding female diving ducks: influence of habitat attributes and conspecifics. J Avian Biol. Early View, doi:10.1111/jav.01063.
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Year Published: 2016

Three responses of wetland conditions to climatic extremes in the Prairie Pothole Region

Wetlands in central North Dakota were revisited after 50 years to assess changes following extreme drought and a prolonged wet period. We compared data collected during 1961–1966 to current (2013–2014) wetland conditions. We revisited 80 wetlands in 2013 and 2014 across three study areas and measured wetland area, ponded-water depth, and specific conductance. Wetlands at the three study areas...

Cressey, Ryann L.; Austin, Jane; Stafford, Joshua D.
Cressey, R. L., J. E. Austin, and J. D. Stafford. 2016. Three responses of wetland conditions to climatic extremes in the Prairie Pothole Region. Wetlands (Special Issue), First Online, doi: 10.1007/s13157-016-0818-8.
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Year Published: 2015

Evaluation of autonomous recording units for detecting 3 species of secretive marsh birds

Population status and habitat use of yellow rails (Coturnicops noveboracensis), Nelson's sparrows (Ammodramus nelsoni), and Le Conte's sparrows (A. leconteii) are poorly known, so standardized surveys of these species are needed to inform conservation planning and management. A protocol for monitoring secretive marsh birds exists; however, these species regularly call at night and may be missed...

Sidie-Slettehahl, Anna M.; Jensen, Kent C.; Johnson, Rex R.; Arnold, Todd W.; Austin, Jane; Stafford, Joshua D.
Sidie-Slettedahl, A. M., K. C. Jensen, R. R. Johnson, T. W. Arnold, J. E. Austin, and J. D. Stafford, J. D. 2015. Evaluation of autonomous recording units for detecting 3 species of secretive marsh birds. Wildlife Society Bulletin. doi: 10.1002/wsb.569 [Early view online http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wsb.569/full]
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Year Published: 2014

Waterfowl populations of conservation concern: learning from diverse challenges, models, and conservation strategies

There are 30 threatened or endangered species of waterfowl worldwide, and several sub-populations are also threatened. Some of these species occur in North America, and others there are also of conservation concern due to declining population trends and their importance to hunters. Here we review conservation initiatives being undertaken for several of these latter species, along with...

Austin, Jane E.; Slattery, Stuart; Clark, Robert G.
Austin, J. E., S. Slattery, R. G. Clark. 2014. Waterfowl populations of conservation concern: learning from diverse challenges, models, and conservation strategies. Wildfowl Special Issue 4:470-497. (Online Nov. 28) http://wildfowl.wwt.org.uk/index.php/wildfowl/article/view/2617
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Year Published: 2014

Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)

No abstract available.

Anteau, Michael J.; DeVink, Jean-Michel; Koons, David N.; Austin, Jane E.; Custer, Christine M.; Afton, Alan D.
Anteau, Michael J., Jean-Michel DeVink, David N. Koons, Jane E. Austin, Christine M. Custer and Alan D. Afton. 2014. Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/338 doi:10.2173/bna.338
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Year Published: 2014

Legacy data for a northern prairie grassland: Woodworth Study Area, North Dakota, 1963-89

Ecological data commonly become more valuable through time. Such legacy data provide baseline records of past biological, physical, and social information that provide historical perspective and are necessary for assessment of stasis or change. Legacy data collected at the Woodworth Study Area (WSA), a contiguous block of grasslands, croplands, and wetlands covering more than 1,000 hectares of...

Williams, Shelby H.; Austin, Jane E.
Legacy data for a northern prairie grassland: Woodworth Study Area, North Dakota, 1963-89; 2014; OFR; 2014-1188; Williams, Shelby H.; Austin, Jane E.
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Year Published: 2014

Managing harvest and habitat as integrated components

Osnas, Erik; Runge, Michael C.; Mattsson, Brady J.; Austin, Jane E.; Boomer, G. S.; Clark, R. G.; Devers, P.; Eadie, J. M.; Lonsdorf, E. V.; Tavernia, Brian
Osnas EE, Runge MC, Mattsson BJ, Austin J, Boomer GS, Clark RG, Devers P, Eadie JM, Lonsdorf EV, Tavernia BG. 2014. Managing harvest and habitat as integrated components. Wildfowl (Special Issue No. 4):305-328.
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Year Published: 2013

Relating Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis) occupancy to habitat and landscape features in the context of fire

Austin, Jane E.; Buhl, Deborah A.
Relating Yellow Rail (Coturnicops noveboracensis) occupancy to habitat and landscape features in the context of fire; 2013; Article; Journal; Waterbirds; Austin, Jane E.; Buhl, Deborah A.
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Year Published: 2012

Conflicts between sandhill cranes and farmers in the western United States: evolving issues and solutions

Austin, Jane E.
Conflicts between sandhill cranes and farmers in the western United States: evolving issues and solutions; 2012; Article; Conference publication; Cranes, Agriculture and Climate Change, May 28 - June 3, 2010, Muraviovka Park for Sustainable Land Use, Amur Region, Russia; Austin, Jane E.
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Year Published: 2012

Preliminary investigations of the winter ecology of Long-billed Curlews in coastal Texas

Woodin, Marc C.; Skoruppa, Mary Kay; Edwardson, Jeremy W.; Austin, Jane E.
Preliminary investigations of the winter ecology of Long-billed Curlews in coastal Texas; 2012; OFR; 2011-1312; Woodin, Marc C.; Skoruppa, Mary Kay; Edwardson, Jeremy W.; Austin, Jane E.
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Year Published: 2011

Nest survival of American Coots relative to grazing, burning, and water depths

Austin, Jane E.; Buhl, Deborah A.
Nest survival of American Coots relative to grazing, burning, and water depths; 2011; Article; Journal; Avian Conservation and Ecology; Austin, Jane E.; Buhl, Deborah A.
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Year Published: 2011

Book review: Sandhill and whooping cranes: Ancient voices over America's wetlands

Austin, Jane E.
Book review: Sandhill and Whooping Cranes: Ancient voices over America's wetlands, by Paul A. Johnsgard; 2011; Article; Journal; The Prairie Naturalist; Austin, Jane

Pre-USGS Publications

Austin, J. E.  1990.  Comparison of activities within pairs and families of wintering Canada geese.  Wilson Bulletin 102:536–542.
Austin, J. E.  1987.  Wintering ecology of Canada geese in Missouri.  Dissertation, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.  283pp.
Austin, J. E., and L. H. Fredrickson.  1987.  Body and organ weight and body composition of postbreeding female lesser scaup.  Auk 104:694–699.
Austin, J. E., 1987. Activities of postbreeding lesser scaup in southwestern Manitoba.  Wilson Bulletin 99:448–456.
Austin, J. E., and L. H. Fredrickson.  1986.  Molt of female lesser scaup immediately following breeding.  Auk 103:293–298.
Austin, J. E.  1983.  Postbreeding ecology of female lesser scaup.  M.S. thesis, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.  124pp.