Ecology, Management, and Conservation of Sensitive
The mission of the Wildlife Ecology Team is to generate and communicate
scientific knowledge on the patterns, causes, and ecological interactions
of terrestrial organisms and communities. We work across a variety
of ecosystems, across a variety of temporal and spatial scales,
and across taxonomic groups with an emphasis on wildlife (non-fish
vertebrates). We strive to create relevant new information that
is useful to land managers and policy makers.
The team performs this mission by conducting research within three
1. Conservation of Biological Diversity. Improve understanding
of the factors affecting biological diversity and ecosystem structure
and function, including the role of human activity. Investigate
alternatives and tools for conservation of biological diversity,
including viability assessments for species of concern, development
of broader ecosystembased strategies, and analysis of functional
roles of species and assemblages of species.
2. Ecology of Endangered, Threatened, and Sensitive Species.
Determine habitat requirements and limiting factors for threatened,
endangered, and sensitive wildlife species to facilitate integrated
resource management and communicate research results to aid development
of management options.
3. Survey and Monitoring Protocols. Develop and test techniques
and protocols to survey and monitor populations, species assemblages,
ecological communities, and ecosystems in support of adaptive management
and other planning objectives.
Our primary geographic coverage is the west side of the Cascades,
extending to the coast in Oregon and Washington. Other PNW wildlife
research teams headquartered in La Grande and Wenatchee emphasize
lands in eastern Oregon and eastern Washington, respectively. Individual
studies may extend beyond the Westside to other areas as warranted.
Currently The Wildlife Ecology Team is involved in
research into the following lines of study: