Kenneth R. Wilson
Degree Program in Ecology
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1474
Office: (970) 491-5020
FAX: (970) 491-5091 Email
My students and I have an interest in wildlife management, conservation
biology and ecology specifically related to 1) impacts of human
activities on wildlife, 2) population ecology especially of small
mammals, and 3) understanding patterns of species richness and our
ability to predict species distributions across the landscape. To that
end we have an interest in using state-of-the-art computer software in
our work, including GIS and spatial modeling, with the ultimate goal of
improving the management and conservation of wild species.
I currently teach FW111 (Basic Outdoor Skills in FWCB), and
occasionally FW696 (Graduate Student Orientation). Past courses
include: FW100 Wildlife Fundamentals, FWCC192 Wildlife Inquiries, FW370
Design of Wildlife Projects, FW471 Wildlife Data Collection, and NR120
Environmental Conservation, and FW551 Design of Fish & Wildlife
Completed Graduate Student Research.
- Shaunda Kennedy
Wenger. M.S. Thesis: Evaluation of an impacted riparian wetland's
soil seed bank for use in restoration, Rocky Mountain National Park,
Colorado. Summer 1996.
- Miles Falck.
M.S. Thesis: Comparison of small mammal population dynamics in riparian
communities of unregulated and regulated rivers. Fall 1996.
Harness. M.S. Thesis: Raptor electrocutions caused by rural
electric distribution powerlines. Fall 1997.
- Timothy Keldsen. M.S. Thesis: Potential impacts of climate
change on California clapper rail habitat of south San Francisco bay.
- Michael Miller. M.S. Thesis: Ecology of deer mice (peromyscus
maniculatus) and Ord's kangaroo rat (dipodomys ordii) in
riparian zones of regulated versus unregulated rivers in northwestern
Colorado. Summer 1998.
- Cynthia McDonald. M.S. Thesis, Using an object-oriented fuzzy
knowledge-based system to determine minimum viable population. Summer
- Stewart Breck. Ph.D. Dissertation. The effects of flow
regulation on the population biology and ecology of beavers in
northwestern Colorado. Spring 2001.
- Gillian Hadley. M.S. Thesis. Effects of ski-run development on
small mammal populations at Vail Ski Area, Colorado. Spring 2002.
- Anthony Holland. M.S. Thesis. Evaluating boreal toad (Bufo
boreas) breeding habitat suitability. Fall 2002.
- Gordon Reese. M.S. Thesis. Factors affecting the accuracy of
predicted species distributions: a simulation experiment. Spring 2003.
- Jeff Root. Ph.D. Dissertation. Ecological relationships of the
transmission and maintenance of Sin Nombre Virus (hantavirus) in the
deer mouse. Summer 2003.
- Anne Trainor. M.S. Thesis. (co-advised with Dr. Tanya Shenk)
Influence of resource supplementation on movements of Preble's meadow
jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei) and habitat use
characteristics. Summer 2004.
- Barbara Karl. M.S. Population genetic analysis of deer mouse (Peromyscus
maniculatus) populations on the anaconda smelter site. Spring 2005.
- Dan Neubam. M.S. Selection of urban maternity roosts and mountain
hibernacula by big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) along a
plains-mountain interface. Spring 2005.
- Keith van Etten. M.S. Habitat selection by red fox in
Yellowstone National Park and mechanisms of coexistence with coyotes.
- Sharon Baruch-Mordo . M.S. Spatial
patterns of black bear-human conflicts in Colorado. (Co-advised
Stewart Breck). Summer 2007.
- Brooke Roeper (Co-advised with Dr. Charlie Calisher). M.S.
History and ecology of Sin Nombre virus: A new world hantavirus in the
United States. Fall 2007.
- Elise (Apple) Snider. M.S. Post-Fire Insect Communities And Roost
Selection By Western Long-Eared Myotis (Myotis evotis) In Mesa
Verde National Park, Colorado. Summer 2009
- Gordon Reese. Ph.D.Simulating species assemblages and evaluating
species richness estimators. Summer 2012.
- Sharon Baruch-Mordo. Ph.D. Black bear ecology
and human-bear interactions in an urban System. (Co-advised with Dr.
Stewart Breck). Fall 2012.
- Sarah Garza. M.S. Small mammal populations and plant community
succession at artesian wells in Great Sand Dunes National Park,
Colorado. (Co-advised with Dr. Gillian
Bowser). Summer 2013.
- David Lewis. M.S. Influence of urban environments on black bear
populations and foraging behaviour. (Co-advised with Dr.
Stewart Breck). Fall 2013.
Current Graduate Student Research.
- Kathyrn Warner, Ph.D.Investigating the effects of noise pollution
from energy development on the bat 2 community in the Piceance Basin.
- Susanne Roller, M.S. Societal declines in outdoor awareness and
skills of college students interested in the natural resources, in
particular fish, wildlife, and conservation biology.
NOTE: As Department Head, I am not accepting graduate
students or postdocs at this time...REALLY!
Recent Publications (See Curriculum Vitae
for all publications)
- Garza, S. J., K. R. Wilson, and G. Bowser. Accepted. Water and
sand: Response of small mammals to removal of artesian wells in Great
Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. Park Science 32(1).
- Lewis, D. L., S. Baruch-Mordo, K. W. Wilson, S. W. Breck, J. Mao,
and J. Broderick. Accepted. Foraging ecology of black bears in urban
environments: guidance for human-bear conflict mitigation.
- H.E. Johnson, S.W. Breck, S. Baruch-Mordoc, D.L. Lewis, C.W.
Lackey, K.R. Wilson, J. Broderick, J.S. Mao and J.P. Beckmann. 2015.
Shifting perceptions of risk and reward: dynamic selection for human
development by black bears in the Western United States. Biological
Conservation 187:164-172. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.04.014
- Lewis, D. L., S. W. Breck, K. R. Wilson, and C. T. Webb.
2014. Modeling black bear population dynamics in a human-dominated
stochastic environment. Ecological Modelling 294: 51–58. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.08.021
- Garza, S. J., G. Bowser, and K. R. Wilson. 2014. Plant community
changes following closure of artesian wells in Great Sand Dunes
National Park, Colorado. Western North American Naturalist 74: 335-342.
- Baruch-Mordo, S., K. R. Wilson, S. W. Breck, D. L. Lewis, J.
Broderick, and J. S. Mao. 2014. Stochasticity in natural forage
production affects use of urban areas by black bears: implications to
management of human-bear conflict. Plos
One 9(1): e85122.
- Reese, G. C., K. R. Wilson, and C. H. Flather. 2014.
Performance of species richness estimators across assemblage types and
survey parameters. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 23: 585-594. doi: 10.1111/ geb.12144
- Reese, G. C., K. R. Wilson, and C. H. Flather. 2013. Program SimAssem:
software for simulating species assemblages and estimating species
in Ecology and Evolution 4: 891–896. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12070
- Baruch-Mordo, S., Webb, C. T., S. W. Breck, and K. R. Wilson.
2013. Use of patch selection models as a decision support tool to
evaluate mitigation strategies of human-wildlife conflict. Biological
- Snider, E. A., P. M. Cryan, and K. R. Wilson. 2013. Day-roost
selection by western long-eared myotis (Myotis evotis) at Mesa Verde
National Park, Colorado. Journal
of Mammalogy 94: 640-649.
- Trainor, A. M., T. S. Shenk, and K. R. Wilson. 2012. Spatial,
temporal, and biological factors associated with Preble’s meadow
jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei) home range. Journal
of Mammalogy 93:429-438.
- Baruch-Mordo, S., S. W. Breck, K. R. Wilson, and J.
Broderick. 2011. The carrot or the stick? Evaluation of education and
enforcement as management tools for human-wildlife conflicts. PLoS
ONE 6(1): e15681.
- Burdett, C. L., K. R. Crooks, D. M. Theobald, K. R. Wilson, E. E.
Boydston, L. M. Lyren, R. Fisher, T. W. Vickers, S. A. Morrison, and W.
M. Boyce. 2010. Interfacing models of wildlife habitat and human
development to predict the future distribution of puma habitat. Ecosphere
1:Article 4 (Inaugural July Issue).
members in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in
of Natural Resources
Last Modified: January 2015