Curriculum Vitae

Current Position:

Research Professor, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM


Previous Academic Positions:

1990–97 Professor, Conservation Biology, University of Nevada-Reno.

1987–90 Research Associate Professor, Department of Biology, The University of New Mexico. Associate Curator, Bird Division, Museum of Southwestern Biology, 1988–89.

1986–87 Curator of Ornithology, Denver Museum of Natural History.

1982–86 Assistant-Associate Professor, Department of Biology , Indiana State University.

1980–82 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Missouri-St. Louis.

1978–80 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, The University of Chicago.



Ph.D. 1978 Environmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder.

M.A. 1975 Environmental Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder.

B.A. 1970 Psychology (Animal Behavior), Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.


Awards and Service (partial):

Board of Directors, New Mexico Environmental Law Center, 2005–

Board of Directors, Cooper Ornithological Society, 2004–07.

Fellow, American Ornithologists' Union, 1992.

Scientific Director, Pathways Project, Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, 2003–04. This program was designed to combine traditional knowledge with western scientific enquiries to gain an understanding of environmental issues for 6–9th grade children in a Native American community. Supported by grants from the First Nations Development Corporation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Conservation Committee, American Ornithologists' Union. 1990–96. Co-Editor of Conservation Commentaries, The Auk. 1991-1996. National Committee to review the status of the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, 1983–98. (Sponsored by the American Ornithologists' Union ). Chair, Painton Award Committee, Cooper Ornithological Society, 2005.


Research Grants and Contracts:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Middle Rio Grande Bosque Initiative. “Habitat Requirements of the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher in the Middle Rio Grande Valley,” 2002–06. $65,000.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Middle Rio Grande Bosque Initiative. “Pathways to Environmental Understanding” (with M.J. Daniel). 2004–05. $8,000.

Denver Zoological Society, "Effects of Predator-Prey Disequilibrium on Biological Diversity: How the Loss of Grizzly Bears and Wolves May Affect Riparian Birds” (with Joel Berger). 1998. $3,500.

Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station. “Landscapes and the Restoration of the Riparian Bird Communities on the Lower Truckee River, Nevada.” 1996–97. $90,000.

National Science Foundation, "Metapopulation Structure in Mexican Spotted Owls: Theory and Conservation Implications." 1993–96. $159,905.

National Science Foundation, EPSCOR Women in Science Program. Served as faculty mentor for female undergraduate students to gain research experience participating in my study of the restoration of the Lower Truckee River riparian ecosystem. 1996–97, $2500.

National Science Foundation, EPSCOR Program for Research Experiences at Non-research Institutions . “Influence of grazing on butterfly communities: are insect good indicator taxa for biological diversity?” 1995–96. $14,000. (with Virginia Rivers, Truckee River Community College ).

National Science Foundation, “Genetic Structure of Cooperatively Breeding Birds.” 1994–97. $69,000. (Graduate Research Fellowship Program for E. Doerr).

Pyramid Lake Paiute Indian Tribe. “Bird surveys of the Lower Truckee River ” (with J. Eidel), 1996. $4,000.

USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Research Station."Dysfunctional Characteristics of Small Trout Populations" (with G. Vinyard). 1993–96, $86,530.

USDA Cooperative State Research Service, "An Integrated Analysis of Livestock Management in a Great Basin Montane Ecosystem" (with J. Warwick, B. Nowak and G. Vinyard). 1994–96. $100,000.

USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Experiment Station. "Juvenile Dispersal and Habitat Use in the Mexican Spotted Owl." 1993–96, $51,375.

USDI Fish and Wildlife Service, Research support award for "Aerial radio-tracking of Mexican Spotted Owls.” 1994–96, $6500.

Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station. "Conservation and the Natural Loss of Lineages in Wild Mammals and Birds" (with J. Berger). 1991–94, $105,000.

National Science Foundation Grant DEB-8105719, for a study of the "Adaptive Significance of Cooperative Polyandry" (with J.D. Ligon). 1981–84, $89,000.

National Science Foundation Grant DEB 76-100009 for a study of "The ecology and social organization of the Acorn Woodpecker in the American Southwest" (with C. Bock, major professor). 1976–78, $29,315.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Senior Sabbatical Leave Research Award, "The application of DNA fingerprinting to the study of the genetic structure of populations." 1989. $13,887 (To study molecular genetic techniques at Los Alamos National Laboratories).

Denver Museum of Natural History, "Studies in Avian Ecology and Genetics." Research Fellowship. 1987–89. $60,000.