Kenneth R. Wilson
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 Studies.
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.
- Richard 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. Fall 1997.
- 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 1999.
- Stewart Breck. Ph.D. Dissertation. The effects of flow regulation on the
population biology and ecology of beavers in northwestern Colorado. Spring
- 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
- 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.
- Keith van Etten. M.S. Habitat selection by red fox in Yellowstone National
Park and mechanisms of coexistence with coyotes. Summer 2006.
Baruch-Mordo . M.S.
Spatial patterns of black bear-human conflicts in Colorado. (Co-advised
with Dr. 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.
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.
Other Research Projects.
As Department Head, I am not accepting graduate
students at this time.
Info from the CSU Graduate School
Recent Publications (See Curriculum Vitae for all publications)
- 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. Accepted. Performance of species richness estimators across assemblage types and survey parameters. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
- Reese, G. C., K. R. Wilson, and C. H. Flather. Program SimAssem: software for simulating species assemblages and estimating species richness. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4: 891–896. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12070 41.
- 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 Conservation. Accepted.
- 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
- Baruch-Mordo, S., S. W. Breck, K. R. Wilson, and J. Broderick. 2009. A
tool box half full: how social science can help solve human-wildlife conflict.
Human Dimensions of Wildlife 14:219–223.
- Flather, C.H., K. R. Wilson, and S. A. Shriner. 2009. Geographic approaches
to biodiversity conservation: implications of scale and error to landscape
planning. Pages 85-121 In Models for planning wildlife conservation in large
landscapes. J. J. Millspaugh and F. R. Thompson, III, editors. Elsevier.
- Baruch-Mordo, S., S. W. Breck, K. R. Wilson, and D. M. Theobald. 2008. Spatiotemporal
distribution of black bear-human conflicts in Colorado. Journal of Wildlife
- Van Etten, K. W., K. R. Wilson, and R.
L. Crabtree. 2007. Habitat use of red foxes in Yellowstone National Park
based on snow tracking and telemetry. Journal of Mammalogy 88:1498–1507.
- Trainor, A. M., K. R. Wilson, and T. S. Shenk. 2007. Spatial distribution
of Preble’s meadow jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei) in response
to resource supplementation. American Midland Naturalist 158:338-353.
- Neubaum, D. J., K. R. Wilson, and T.
J. O’Shea. 2007. Urban maternity roost selection by big brown bats in
North-central Colorado. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:728-736.
- Trainor, A. M., T. S. Shenk, and K. R. Wilson. 2007. Characteristics of
Preble’s meadow jumping mouse micro-habitat use in Colorado. Journal
of Wildlife Management 71:469-477.
members in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in theWarner College
of Natural Resources
Last Modified: January 2014