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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Kathryn Purcell

Kathryn L. Purcell

Research Wildlife Biologist
24075 Highway 41
Coarsegold, CA 93614
Phone: 559-868-6233
Fax: 559-868-3491


Current Research

In current studies, I examine variability in avian abundance and reproductive success in diverse Sierra Nevada habitats, identify source and sink habitats, and examine elevational shifts in abundance, especially as they relate to weather conditions. Another primary avenue of study involves identifying and filling gaps in our current understanding of fisher ecology and habitat requirements and addressing the uncertainty surrounding the effects of timber harvest and fuels treatments on select response variables. Additional research includes implementation of avian monitoring techniques, avian response to climate change, and the effects of the invasive European starlings on native cavity-nesting birds, and use of upland habitat by western pond turtles and mitigation of potential conflicts with livestock grazing.

Research Interests

I am interested in understanding whether wildlife populations are viable and what they require to remain healthy. My work primarily gauges population health in terms of population trends, reproductive success, and survival. Habitat requirements for healthy populations are also at the heart of my research. I am interested in how animals select habitat and whether those choices are adaptive. Finally, I study the impacts of various natural and anthropogenic stressors on populations.

Education

  • University of Nevada, Reno, Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, 1995
  • Humboldt State, M.S. Wildlife, 1988
  • University of California, Davis, B.S. Biological Sciences, 1980

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Last updated on : 10/07/2014