Thomas Stanley, Ph.D.
Tom Stanley is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the Fort Collins Science Center. He received a Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology in 1997 from Colorado State University; a M.S. in Zoology in 1986 from Ohio State University, and a B.S. in Conservation in 1982 from Kent State University. Tom's research interests lie at the interface between wildlife biology, statistics and mathematics, and much of his research involves modeling and estimation of demographic parameters for wild vertebrate populations.
- Ph.D. Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University, 1997
- M.S. Zoology, Ohio State University, 1986
- B.S. Conservation, Kent State University, 1982
- 1992-present, Wildlife Research Biologist, USGS Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, Species and Habitat
- 1987-1992, Wildlife Research Biologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, Maryland, Environmental Contaminants Research Branch
- 1985-1987, Research Technician, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore Maryland, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physiology
- 1983-1985, Research/Teaching Associate, Ohio State University, Department of Zoology, Columbus, Ohio
- 1981-1984, Research Intern, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Olentangy Wildlife Experiment Station, Delaware, Ohio
- The Wildlife Society, 1987 - present
- Ecological Society of America, 1991 - present
Science and Products
Mathematical and statistical models are powerful research tools that play several important roles in conceptualizing and understanding the structure and dynamics of complicated ecological systems, including developing mechanistic hypotheses pertaining to ecological systems, designing studies that elucidate ecosystem structure and function, and extracting information from data.
The influence of food abundance, food dispersion and habitat structure on territory selection and size of an Afrotropical terrestrial insectivore
Most tropical insectivorous birds, unlike their temperate counterparts, hold and defend a feeding and breeding territory year-around. However, our understanding of ecological factors influencing territory selection and size in tropical insectivores is limited. Here we examine three prominent hypotheses relating food abundance, food dispersion (...Stanley, Thomas R.; Newmark, William D.
A plan for the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat)
The purpose of the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat) is to create a continent-wide program to monitor bats at local to rangewide scales that will provide reliable data to promote effective conservation decisionmaking and the long-term viability of bat populations across the continent. This is an international, multiagency program. Four...Loeb, Susan C.; Rodhouse, Thomas J.; Ellison, Laura E.; Lausen, Cori L.; Reichard, Jonathan D.; Irvine, Kathryn M.; Ingersoll, Thomas E.; Coleman, Jeremy; Thogmartin, Wayne E.; Sauer, John R.; Francis, Charles M.; Bayless, Mylea L.; Stanley, Thomas R.; Johnson, Douglas H.
Daily nest survival rates of Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus): assessing local- and landscape-scale drivers
The Gunnison Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus minimus) is a species of conservation concern and is a candidate for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act because of substantial declines in populations from historic levels. It is thought that loss, fragmentation, and deterioration of sagebrush (Artemisia spp.) habitat have contributed to the...Stanley, Thomas R.; Aldridge, Cameron L.; Joanne Saher; Theresa Childers
Associations of wintering birds with habitat in semidesert and plains grasslands in Arizona
We studied associations with winter habitat for seven species of birds, one species-group (eastern and western meadowlarks combined), and total sparrows at seven sites in the semidesert and plains grasslands of southeastern Arizona from 1999–2001, sampling with mist-nets and survey-transects. We measured structure and composition of...Ruth, Janet M.; Stanley, Thomas R.; Gordon, Caleb E.
Variability in seroprevalence of rabies virus neutralizing antibodies and associated factors in a Colorado population of big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus)
In 2001–2005 we sampled permanently marked big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) at summer roosts in buildings at Fort Collins, Colorado, for rabies virus neutralizing antibodies (RVNA). Seroprevalence was higher in adult females (17.9%, n = 2,332) than males (9.4%, n = 128; P = 0.007) or volant juveniles (10.2%, n = 738; P<0.0001). Seroprevalence...O’Shea, Thomas J.; Bowen, Richard A.; Stanley, Thomas R.; Shankar, Vidya; Rupprecht, Charles E.
Native plant recovery in study plots after fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) control on Santa Cruz Island
Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the California Channel Islands and supports a diverse and unique flora which includes 9 federally listed species. Sheep, cattle, and pigs, introduced to the island in the mid-1800s, disturbed the soil, browsed native vegetation, and facilitated the spread of exotic invasive plants. Recent removal of introduced...Power, Paula; Stanley, Thomas R.; Cowan, Clark; Robertson, James R.
Breeding biology of an afrotropical forest understory bird community in northeastern Tanzania
Many aspects of the breeding biology of Afrotropical forest birds are poorly known. Here we provide a description based on the monitoring of 1461 active nests over eight breeding seasons about one or more aspects of the breeding biology for 28 coexisting understory bird species on the Amani Plateau in the East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. Mean...Mkongewa, Victor J.; Newmark, William D.; Stanley, Thomas R.
Population size of island loggerhead shrikes on Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands
Island loggerhead shrikes (Lanius ludovicianus anthonyi) are an endemic, genetically distinct subspecies of loggerhead shrike on California's Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, and Santa Catalina Islands (USA). This subspecies is listed as a Species of Special Concern by the California Department of Fish and Game and has been petitioned for federal listing...Stanley, Thomas R.; Teel, Susan; Hall, Linnea S.; Dye, Linda C.; Laughrin, Lyndal L.
Effects of roads on survival of San Clemente Island foxes
Roads generate a variety of influences on wildlife populations; however, little is known about the effects of roads on endemic wildlife on islands. Specifically, road-kills of island foxes (Urocyon littoralis) on San Clemente Island (SCI), Channel Islands, California, USA are a concern for resource managers. To determine the effects of roads on...Snow, N.P.; Andelt, William F.; Stanley, T.R.; Resnik, J.R.; Munson, L.
Recommended methods for range-wide monitoring of prairie dogs in the United States
One of the greatest challenges for conserving grassland, prairie scrub, and shrub-steppe ecosystems is maintaining prairie dog populations across the landscape. Of the four species of prairie dogs found in the United States, the Utah prairie dog (Cynomys parvidens) is listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as threatened, the Gunnison's...McDonald, Lyman L.; Stanley, Thomas R.; Otis, David L.; Biggins, Dean E.; Stevens, Patricia D.; Koprowski, John L.; Ballard, Warren
Adult survival and population growth rate in Colorado big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus)
We studied adult survival and population growth at multiple maternity colonies of big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) in Fort Collins, Colorado. We investigated hypotheses about survival using information-theoretic methods and mark-recapture analyses based on passive detection of adult females tagged with passive integrated transponders. We...O'Shea, T.J.; Ellison, L.E.; Stanley, T.R.
Bat ecology and public health surveillance for rabies in an urbanizing region of Colorado
We describe use of Fort Collins, Colorado, and nearby areas by bats in 2001-2005, and link patterns in bat ecology with concurrent public health surveillance for rabies. Our analyses are based on evaluation of summary statistics, and information-theoretic support for results of simple logistic regression. Based on captures in mist nets, the city...O'Shea, T.J.; Neubaum, D.J.; Neubaum, M.A.; Cryan, P.M.; Ellison, L.E.; Stanley, T.R.; Rupprecht, C.E.; Pape, W.J.; Bowen, R.A.