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College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1138
Moscow, ID 83844-1138

Phone: 208-885-8981

Fax: 208-885-5534

Email: cnr@uidaho.edu

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Courtney Conway

Courtney Conway, Ph.D.

Professor of Wildlife Sciences, and Director of the Idaho Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

Office

CNR 103E

Phone

208-885-6176

Mailing Address

Idaho Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1141
Moscow, ID 83844-1141

Degrees

  • B.S., Colorado State University, Wildlife Biology, 1985
  • M.S., University of Wyoming, Zoology and Physiology, 1990
  • Ph.D., University of Montana, Organismal Biology & Ecology, 1998

Research Interests:

Wildlife management
Conservation biology
Behavioral ecology
Life history evolution

Stevens, B. S., and C. J. Conway. In Press. Mapping habitat suitability at range-wide scales: spatially-explicit distribution models to inform conservation and research for marsh birds. Conservation Science and Practice, in press.

Lundblad, C.G., and C. J. Conway. In Press. Testing four hypotheses to explain partial migration: balancing reproductive benefits with limits to fasting endurance. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, in press.

Goldberg, A. R., C. J. Conway, and D. E. Biggins. In Press. Flea sharing among sympatric rodent hosts: implications for potential plague effects on a threatened sciurid. Ecosphere, in press.

Lundblad, C.G., and C. J. Conway. 2019. Variation in selective regimes drives intraspecific variation in life history traits and migratory behavior along an elevation gradient. Journal of Animal Ecology, in press.

Stevens, B. S., and C. J. Conway. 2020. Predictive multi-scale occupancy models at range-wide extents: effects of habitat and human disturbance on distributions of wetland birds. Diversity and Distributions 26:34-48

Harrity, E. J., and C. J. Conway. 2020. Noose carpets: a novel method to capture rails. Wildlife Society Bulletin 44:in press.

Stevens, B. S., and C. J. Conway. 2019. Identifying important military installations for continental-scale conservation of marsh bird breeding habitat. Journal of Environmental Management 252:109664.

Stevens, B. S., and C. J. Conway. 2019. Predicting species distributions: unifying model selection and scale optimization for multi-scale occupancy models. Ecosphere 10(5): e02748.

Harrity, E. J., and C. J. Conway. 2019. Novel ectoparasite infestation on Yuma Ridgway’s Rails (Rallus obsoletus yumanensis). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 131:139-146.

Macías-Duarte, A., C. J. Conway, G.L. Holroyd, H. E. Valdez-Gómez, and M. Culver. 2019. Genetic variation among island and continental populations of Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) subspecies in North America. Journal of Raptor Research 53:127-133.

Hohbein, R., and C. J. Conway. 2018. Pitfall traps: a review of methods for estimating arthropod abundance. Wildlife Society Bulletin 42:597-606.

Burak, G.S., A.R. Goldberg, J.M. Galloway, D. Evans Mack, and C.J. Conway. 2018. Collaborating to save a tiny threatened species: what does the northern Idaho ground squirrel need to survive? The Wildlife Professional 12(5):39-42.

Goldberg, A.R., C. J. Conway, D. E. Biggins, G. Burak, and D. Evans Mack. 2018. Yersinia pestis, Fleas, Sylvatic Plague, and Persistence of a Federally Threatened Ground Squirrel. The Vector 12: 2-7.

Conway, C. J. 2018. Spatial and temporal patterns in population trends and burrow usage of Burrowing Owls in North America. Journal of Raptor Research 52:129-142.

Dillon, K. G., and C. J. Conway. 2018. Nest predation risk explains variation in avian clutch size. Behavioral Ecology 29:301–311.

Nadeau**, C. P., C. J. Conway, and N. Rathbun. 2015. Depth of burrowing owl nest boxes affects thermal suitability and occupancy. Journal of Field Ornithology 86:in press.

Borgmann*, K. L., and C. J. Conway. 2015. Does foliage density near a bird’s nest reduce the risk of nest predation? New insights from a comparative analysis. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:in press.

Glisson, W. J., C. J. Conway, C. P. Nadeau**, K. L. Borgmann*, and T. A. Laxson. 2015. Range-wide Wetland Associations of the King Rail: A Multi-scale Approach. Wetlands 35:577-587.

Nadeau**, C. P., and C. J. Conway. 2015. Optimizing water depth for wetland-dependent wildlife could increase wetland restoration success, water efficiency, and water security. Restoration Ecology 23:292-300.

Dillon*, K. G., and C. J. Conway. 2015. Elevational gradient in clutch size of red-faced warblers. Journal of Field Ornithology 86:163–172.

Borgmann*, K. L., and C. J. Conway. 2015. Wildlife Habitat Restoration. Pages 157-167 in Wildlife Habitat Conservation: Concepts, Challenges, and Solutions. (M. L. Morrison and H. A. Mathewson, eds.). John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland.

Conway, C. J., and S. T. A. Timmermans. 2005. Progress toward developing field protocols for a North American marsh bird monitoring program. Pages 997-1005 in C.J. Ralph and T.D. Rich, editors. Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference, March 20-24 2002, Asilomar, California. Volume 2. U.S. Forest Service General Technical Report #PSW-GTR-191. Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, CA.

  • "Top-cited Paper Award" from the Association of Field Ornithologists; award for a paper published in 2006 that was cited over the past 5 years more than any other paper published in 2006 in the society’s journal (Journal of Field Ornithology). 2010.
  • "Outstanding Course Award" in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Arizona, 1 May 2010.
  • Outstanding Science Award, USGS-CRU Program, U.S. Department of Interior, 2008.
  • Service Excellence Award, USGS-CRU Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2007.
  • The U.S. Department of Defense received the 2013 Presidential Migratory Bird Stewardship Award in recognition of their support of a collaborative project for which I developed, titled Migratory Linkages of Burrowing Owls on Department of Defense Installations and Adjacent Lands. The award was presented by the Council for the Conservation of Migratory Birds at an awards reception in Washington D.C. 15 May 2013.

  • Effects of cattle grazing on demographic traits and nest-site selection of greater sage-grouse. Location: Idaho.
  • Causes and consequences of changes in migratory strategies for burrowing owls in North America. Location: western North America.
  • Effectiveness of forest restoration treatments on demography of the Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel. Location: central Idaho. 
  • Effects of sylvatic plague on survival of the Northern Idaho Ground Squirrel. Location: central Idaho. 
  • Causes of latitudinal gradients in avian clutch size. Location: southeastern Arizona.
  • Modeling habitat suitability of marsh birds in North America. Location: North America.
  • Habitat suitability of and effects of forest management actions on Pileated Woodpeckers on Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area. Location: northern Idaho.
  • Causes of latitudinal gradients in hatching asynchrony in birds. Location: western U.S.
  • Utility of LIDAR to predict habitat suitability of red-faced warblers. Location: southeastern Arizona.

Contact Us

College of Natural Resources

Physical Address:
975 W. 6th Street
Moscow, Idaho

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1138
Moscow, ID 83844-1138

Phone: 208-885-8981

Fax: 208-885-5534

Email: cnr@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Natural Resources

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