Casey Setash Wins 1st Place at Graduate Student Showcase

FWCB Master's Student Casey Setash presented a poster at the Graduate Student Showcase highlighting her research on the population and breeding ecology of the cinnamon teal in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. This was the 2nd annual event of this interdisciplinary showcase, which gives graduate students university-wide a chance to share their research with faculty, students, and judges. Her research, which is still in the preliminary stages of development, focuses on ascertaining nesting success, survival, and site fidelity of breeding cinnamon teal on the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Casey won a top scholar award with a cash prize from the Warner College of Natural Resources for her poster presentation.

Mark Peterson Wins at Graduate Student Showcase

FWCB Doctoral Candidate Mark Peterson, presented a poster entitled, "Newborn mule deer survival in a natural gas developed and undeveloped area" at the Graduate Student Showcase.  The Graduate Student Showcase is an annual event held by the Colorado State University Graduate School giving students an opportunity to present their research.  For his research, he monitored radio-collared newborn mule deer to estimate survival and found a trend of increased survival on the undeveloped study area compared to the developed study area and that predation was the leading cause of mortality.  His results provided the first insights into newborn mule deer survival in a natural gas development area, which is helpful to comprehend mule deer population dynamics and address management related decisions and mitigation strategies. He won a top scholar award with a cash prize from the Warner College of Natural Resources for his poster presentation. 

TWS TALKS science engaged...

Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (FWCB) Ph.D. student Katy Warner, was a presenter at the 22nd Annual TWS Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Her presentation titled, "A Designed Experiment to Assess Potential Impacts of Noise Pollution on a Bat Community," discusses how anthorpogenic noise can have a negative effect on a wide range of taxa which can lead to behavior and other changes within food webs.  Co-authors for the project are Dr. Ken Wilson (Colorado State University - FWCB) and Dr. Kurt Fristup (National Park Service).  Katy's presentation is featured on the TWS TALKS science engaged.  To view Katy's presentation and read the abstract visit TWS TALKS.   

FWCB’s Luke George Leads Study on West Nile Virus Impact on Bird Populations

Dr. Luke George recently led a team of researchers in a study concerning the affects of West Nile Virus on bird populations across the United States by analyzing data from 1992-2007. The study was co-authored by scientists from UCLA, Washington University, and the Institute for Bird Populations. The results of the study found that more bird populations were susceptible to West Nile Virus than known, and that the virus has long term effects on bird population growth. The findings suggest that the virus could cause the population growth rate to decline over the course of time. Effects of decreased bird populations mean less opportunity for recreational activities like bird viewing, but also fewer birds to carry out ecological roles such as pollination of plants and seed dispersal. The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.