Rose J Swift


Rose J Swift is a research ecologist with the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, North Dakota. Dr. Swift received her Ph.D. in Natural Resources from Cornell University working closely with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Dr. Amanda Rodewald. Her dissertation research built on work done by Dr. Nathan Senner during his Ph.D. with the long distance migratory shorebird, the Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica), linking observations of individuals during the breeding and non-breeding seasons to explore individual variation in behaviors throughout the year and their consequences for fitness and survival. At Northern Prairie, Rose works with the federally threatened Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) building a demographic life-cycle model to understand metapopulation dynamics of plovers breeding in the Northern Great Plains. A primary focus of her work is with the Great Plains Least Tern and Piping Plover Research Team to understand population dynamics and effects of management actions on Least Terns and Piping Plovers on large-river and depressional-wetland systems.


  • Ph.D. Natural Resources & Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University, 2018
  • M.S. Natural Resources & Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University, 2016
  • B.S. Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis, 2010