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Nicholas J Van Lanen, PhD

Nick Van Lanen is a Biologist with the US Geological Survey, based at the Fort Collins Science Center. Nick’s research focuses on the study of populations and habitat associations to guide management in the recovery of declining or at-risk wildlife.

My career focus has been in conservation biology and wildlife management. I received a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.S. degree from Colorado State University in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. Following my M.S. I served as an Avian Ecologist for the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies for 10 years where I oversaw avian monitoring and adaptive management efforts throughout Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. I completed my PhD research in Ecology at Colorado State University in the fall of 2022. As a researcher withing the U.S. Geological Survey, I am building upon my PhD research which involved population modeling, trend estimation, habitat relationship identification, and optimization procedures to help inform songbird management within pinyon-juniper and sagebrush ecosystems.

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