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,
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
end we have an interest in using state-of-the-art computer software
our work, including GIS and spatial modeling, with the ultimate goal
improving the management and conservation of wild species.
include: FW100 Wildlife Fundamentals, FW111 (Basic Outdoor Skills
in FWCB), FWCC192 Wildlife Inquiries, FW370
Design of Wildlife Projects, FW471 Wildlife Data Collection, NR120
Environmental Conservation, FW551 Design of Fish & Wildlife
Studies, and FW696 (Graduate Student Orientation)
Completed Graduate Student Research.
- Shaunda Kennedy
Wenger. M.S. Thesis: Evaluation of an impacted riparian
soil seed bank for use in restoration, Rocky Mountain National
Colorado. Summer 1996.
- Miles Falck.
M.S. Thesis: Comparison of small mammal population dynamics in
communities of unregulated and regulated rivers. Fall 1996.
Harness. M.S. Thesis: Raptor electrocutions caused by
electric distribution powerlines. Fall 1997.
- Timothy Keldsen. M.S. Thesis: Potential impacts of climate
change on California clapper rail habitat of south San Francisco
- Michael Miller. M.S. Thesis: Ecology of deer mice (peromyscus
maniculatus) and Ord's kangaroo rat (dipodomys ordii)
riparian zones of regulated versus unregulated rivers in
Colorado. Summer 1998.
- Cynthia McDonald. M.S. Thesis, Using an object-oriented fuzzy
knowledge-based system to determine minimum viable population.
- 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
small mammal populations at Vail Ski Area, Colorado. Spring
- 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
- Jeff Root. Ph.D. Dissertation. Ecological relationships of the
transmission and maintenance of Sin Nombre Virus (hantavirus) in
deer mouse. Summer 2003.
- Anne Trainor. M.S. Thesis. (co-advised with Dr. Tanya Shenk)
Influence of resource supplementation on movements of Preble's
jumping mouse (Zapus hudsonius preblei) and habitat use
characteristics. Summer 2004.
- Barbara Karl. M.S. Population genetic analysis of deer mouse
maniculatus) populations on the anaconda smelter site.
- Dan Neubam. M.S. Selection of urban maternity roosts and
hibernacula by big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) along
plains-mountain interface. Spring 2005.
- Keith van Etten. M.S. Habitat selection by red fox in
Yellowstone National Park and mechanisms of coexistence with
- Sharon Baruch-Mordo . M.S. Spatial
patterns of black bear-human conflicts in Colorado.
Breck). Summer 2007.
- Brooke Roeper (Co-advised with Dr. Charlie Calisher). M.S.
History and ecology of Sin Nombre virus: A new world hantavirus
United States. Fall 2007.
- Elise (Apple) Snider. M.S. Post-Fire Insect Communities And
Selection By Western Long-Eared Myotis (Myotis evotis)
Verde National Park, Colorado. Summer 2009
- Gordon Reese. Ph.D.Simulating species assemblages and
species richness estimators. Summer 2012.
- Sharon Baruch-Mordo. Ph.D. Black bear
and human-bear interactions in an urban System.
(Co-advised with Dr.
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.
Bowser). Summer 2013.
- David Lewis. M.S. Influence of urban environments on black
populations and foraging behaviour. (Co-advised with Dr.
Breck). Fall 2013.
- Kathyrn Warner, Ph.D. Investigating the effects of noise
from energy development on the bat community in the Piceance
Basin. Summer 2016.
Current Graduate Student Research.
- Susanne Roller, M.S. Societal declines in outdoor awareness
skills of college students interested in the natural resources,
particular fish, wildlife, and conservation biology.
NOTE: As Department Head, I am not accepting
students or postdocs at this time...REALLY!
Recent Publications (See Curriculum Vitae
for all publications)
- Lewis, D. L., S. Baruch-Mordo, K. R. Wilson, S. W. Breck, J.
Mao, and J. Broderick. 2015. Foraging ecology of black bears in
urban environments: guidance for human-bear conflict
mitigation. Ecosphere 6:141. http://dx.doi.org/
- Garza, S. J., K. R. Wilson, and G. Bowser. Accepted. Water and
sand: Response of small mammals to removal of artesian wells in
Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado. Park Science 32:57-64.
- 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.
Shifting perceptions of risk and reward: dynamic selection for
development by black bears in the Western United States.
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
stochastic environment. Ecological
Modelling 294: 51–58.
- Garza, S. J., G. Bowser, and K. R. Wilson. 2014. Plant
changes following closure of artesian wells in Great Sand Dunes
National Park, Colorado. Western North American Naturalist 74:
- 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:
management of human-bear conflict. Plos
- Reese, G. C., K. R. Wilson, and C. H. Flather. 2014.
Performance of species richness estimators across assemblage
survey parameters. Global
Ecology and Biogeography. 23: 585-594. doi: 10.1111/
- Reese, G. C., K. R. Wilson, and C. H. Flather. 2013. Program
software for simulating species assemblages and estimating
Ecology and Evolution 4: 891–896. doi:
- Baruch-Mordo, S., Webb, C. T., S. W. Breck, and K. R. Wilson.
2013. Use of patch selection models as a decision support tool
evaluate mitigation strategies of human-wildlife conflict.
- Snider, E. A., P. M. Cryan, and K. R. Wilson. 2013. Day-roost
selection by western long-eared myotis (Myotis evotis) at Mesa
National Park, Colorado.
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
- Baruch-Mordo, S., S. W. Breck, K. R. Wilson, and J.
Broderick. 2011. The carrot or the stick? Evaluation of
enforcement as management tools for human-wildlife conflicts. PLoS
- Burdett, C. L., K. R. Crooks, D. M. Theobald, K. R. Wilson, E.
Boydston, L. M. Lyren, R. Fisher, T. W. Vickers, S. A. Morrison,
M. Boyce. 2010. Interfacing models of wildlife habitat and human
development to predict the future distribution of puma habitat.
4 (Inaugural July Issue).
members in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation
the Warner College
of Natural Resources
Last Modified: August 2016