About Cameron

Dr. Cameron Aldridge is a Research Ecologist with the US Geological Survey, based at the Fort Collins Science Center, who works in collaboration with the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU. He is also an Affiliate Research Scientist at NREL and an Affiliate Professor with ESS and GDPE. He has a large research program focused on understanding the conservation and management of Greater and Gunnison Sage-grouse and their habitats. He works closely on these issues with state and federal partners, as well as NGOs, conservation groups and industry. More broadly, his research involves understanding animal-habitat relationships, with an emphasis on conservation ecology and population demography. Researchers in the lab are addressing the effects of energy development, land-use change, and climate change on conserving wildlife populations, their habitats, and the ecosystems they inhabit. Species that we are currently studying include songbirds and small mammals, snakes and lizards, and grouse, such as white-tailed ptarmigan and sage-grouse. We also work with plant communities and exotic invasive plants, understanding how external drivers such as climate, grazing and energy development affect plant communities. We work across spatial scales, and use statistical and empirical modeling to answer these research and conservation questions, most of which have direct applications for conservation and management of the species and their habitats. Most of the research has direct applications for conservation and management of the species, most notably sage-grouse, and their habitats.

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  • In general, I am interested in wildlife conservation and ecology. A focus is on shrub-steppe ecosystem ecology and the effects of energy developments on wildlife populations and habitats. I am interested in population demography, endangered species management, ornithology, mammalogy, invasive species management, wildlife-habitat ecology, and biological conservation. Almost all of my work involves aspects of ecological and statistical modeling at landscape and local scales.


Ph.D. , Ecology - University of Alberta
Edmonton Alberta, 2005

M.S. , Biology - University of Regina
Regina Saskatchewan, 2000

B.S., Ecology and Zoology - University of Calgary
Calgary Alberta, 1996

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • Most Publications Award- Department of Ecosytem Sciences and the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, 2011
  • Martha Piper Award for Excellence in Communication, University of Alberta, 2005
  • National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2005


  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • American Ornithologist's Union
  • The Wildlife Society

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