Kyle I McLean

Biography

Kyle McLean is a Research Ecologist at Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center (NPWRC). Dr. McLean has worked with NPWRC as a  Biological Science Technician (2009-2011), Master's student (2012-2015), Ecologist (2015-2016), and Student Trainee (2016-2020). As a graduate student and USGS Student Trainee (Pathways Intern), Dr. McLean investigated fish, amphibian, and invertebrate community response to temporal changes in hydrology and water chemistry in prairie-pothole wetlands.  He continues to use long-term monitoring data from the Cottonwood Lake Study Area to identify how spatial and temporal variation of wetland habitats influence wetland biodiversity. Dr. McLean is also working on prairie-stream projects with the US Environmental Protection Agency investigating freshwater mussel distribution and ecology on the Pipestem Creek and monitoring streamflow permanence in the Upper James River watershed in central North Dakota. 

Education

  • Ph.D. (2020) Environmental and Conservation Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • M.S. (2015) Environmental and Conservation Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • B.S. (2011)  Fisheries and Wildlife Science, Biology, Valley City State University, Valley City, ND 

Professional Experience

  • 2021-Present: Research Ecologist, U.S., Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND
  • 2016-2020: Student Trainee (Ecology), U.S., Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND
  • 2015-2016:  Ecologist (Term), U.S., Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND
  • 2011-2012: Biologist (Avian Lead/Wetland Specialist), SWCA Environmental Consultants, Bismarck, ND
  • 2009-2011:  Biological Science Technician (Student Contractor), U.S., Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown, ND