About Danny

Danny spent his first 22 years in Kansas, where he spent much of his spare time reading about and observing wildlife. Danny has 9 years of professional experience with state and federal wildlife agencies. His professional interests are broad and include biodiversity conservation, natural history of terrestrial wildlife, developing/evaluating standardized surveys for monitoring wildlife, and investigating ecological drivers of wildlife population dynamics. Danny's dissertation research investigates environmental correlates of terrestrial reptile distributions in the Great Plains landscape, including evaluation of standardized survey methods to monitor reptile occurrence. He uses Species Distribution (Niche) and Occupancy Modeling approaches, with research questions focusing on multi-species monitoring and persistence relative to changes in climate and land use. Danny has several associated ongoing projects that use Mark-Recapture methods to estimate impacts of climate, habitat, and demography on dispersal, density, and survival of neonate Short-horned Lizards.

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Interests

  • Ecology of terrestrial wildlife, particularly reptiles in arid and semi-arid environments including grasslands, shrublands, and deserts Wildlife Inventory & Monitoring Distributions / Occupancy / Biogeography Population Demographics / Dynamics Biodiversity Conservation Conservation Photography

Education

Ph.D., Ecology - Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO, 2018

M.S., Biology - Minnesota State Univ.
Mankato, MN, 2007

B.S., Wildlife Biology - Kansas State Univ.
Manhattan, KS, 2000

Graduate & Advisor Program

Cameron Aldridge
Natural Resources Ecology Laboratory

Larissa Bailey
Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Grant (Distribution & Occupancy Modeling Workshop, Hyderabad, India), 2018
  • F. Breniman Jr. Memorial Graduate Student Assistance Scholarship, 2018
  • Colorado Species Conservation Trust Fund - Colorado Parks & Wildlife, 2014
  • State Wildlife Grant (competitive) - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 2013
  • Horned Lizard Conservation Society - Research Grant, 2010
  • Prairie Biotic Research Grant, 2009
  • Outstanding Thesis Award - Minnesota State University Mankato College of Science, Engineering, & Technology, 2008
  • Horned Lizard Conservation Society - Research Grant, 2007
  • Horned Lizard Conservation Society - Travel Grant, 2007
  • Colorado State Wildlife Conservation Grant, 2005

Presentations

An index for populations of river otter (Lontra canadensis) using aerial snow-track surveys.

22nd Midwest Furbearer Workshop, Utica, IL, 2004

Persistence of round-tail horned lizards in Colorado.

Horned Lizard Conservation Society, 7th National Meeting., College Station, TX, 2 May 2010

The need for a standardized survey methodology to monitor reptile populations.

Colorado Field Herpetologists, 2nd Ann. Meeting, Denver, CO, 14 Jan. 2012

Summary of horned lizard research 2010–2011.

Colorado Field Herpetologists, 2nd Ann. Summer Meeting., Denver, CO, 13 Aug. 2011

What about neonates? Use of natural marks to track individuals for mark-recapture studies.

Kansas Herpetological Society, 38th Ann. Meeting., Wichita, KS, 6 Nov. 2011

Summary of horned lizard research in Colorado, 2005–2010.

Colorado Field Herpetologists, 1st Ann. Summer Meeting., Denver, CO, 12 Jun. 2010

Using fluorescent powder to track lizards and other herpetofauna.

Southwest PARC Ann. Meeting. Field Workshop. , Fort Collins, CO, 7 Aug. 2010

Introduction to the herpetofauna of the Pawnee National Grassland.

Southwest PARC Ann. Meeting. Field Workshop. , Fort Collins, CO, 8 Aug. 2010

Basics of radio-telemetry equipment and radio-tracking techniques.

Colorado State University Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society Workshop. , Estes Park, CO, 22 Apr. 2007

Above-ground characteristics of hibernation sites selected by short-horned lizards in northeastern Colorado.

Horned Lizard Conservation Society, 6th National Meeting., Fort Worth, TX, 28 Jul. 2007

Conservation efforts for the swift fox in Colorado.

Colorado Division of Wildlife In-service. Invited presentation., Colorado Springs, CO, 5 Apr. 2007

Monitoring the swift fox (Vulpes velox) in Colorado: summary of the 2004–05 effort.

Great Plains Grasslands Conference. , Fort Collins, CO, 23 Feb. 2005

An index for populations of river otter (Lontra canadensis) using aerial snow-track surveys.

9th International Otter Colloquium., Frostburg, MD, 6 Jun. 2004

Aerial snow-track surveys for indexing populations of river otter (Lontra canadensis): testing for observer bias.

10th Annual Conservation Biology Conference., Duluth, MN, 2003

Development of an aerial snow-track survey for indexing populations of river otter (Lontra canadensis).

83rd Annual Meeting of The American Society of Mammalogists., Lubbock, TX, 2003

Alternative capture techniques for managing coyotes: power snares and cage-traps.

Urban Coyote Management Workshop, Arcadia, CA, 2 Oct. 2001

Characteristics of successful coyote cage-trapping techniques.

Urban Coyote Management Workshop, Arcadia, CA, 2 Oct. 2001

Urban coyote ecology: a review of our present knowledge.

Urban Coyote Management Workshop, Arcadia, CA, 2 Oct. 2001

Aversive and disruptive stimulus applications for managing predation.

Eastern Wildlife Damage Management Conference, College Station, PA, 2000

Certifications

  • Associate Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society, 2001

Memberships

  • The Wildlife Society
  • Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Colorado Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation
  • Southwest Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

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