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1. Applying habitat suitability models and occupancy models to describe and understand cavity nesting and other forest bird distributions in relation to large-scale disturbance, forest management activities, and climate change.
2. Evaluation of strength of inference from occupancy-based analysis of regional trends and distributional patterns for white-headed woodpeckers in the Pacific Northwest using a simulation approach.
3. Development of GIS-based tool and accompanying manual to improve accessibility of existing habitat suitability models for forest-associated woodpeckers to inform management plans for burned and unburned forests (collaboration with J. Haas and V. Saab).
4. Methodological review of how effectively habitat modeling studies that inform species conservation match study objectives with appropriate analytic approaches (collaboration with M. Ellis, V. Saab, A. Litt, A. Johnston, and B. Lowrey).
1. Application of ecological models to inform conservation and management of sensitive species.
2. Coupling data analysis with simulations to improve inferences made from ecological models.
3. Factors influencing avian nest site selection, nest predation risk, and brood parasitism.
4. Causes and consequences of habitat selection by animals.
1. Evaluation and refinement of nest habitat suitability models for white-headed woodpeckers in unburned forests using multiple spatially and temporally independent datasets (manuscript published).
2. Review of literature examining ecological consequences of mountain pine beetle outbreaks for wildlife (co-authored manuscript published).
3. Use of ensemble modeling to predict nest habitat suitability for black-backed woodpeckers (manuscript published).
4. Arthropod community dynamics in relation to mustard invasion in the Coachella Valley, CA (co-authored manuscript published).
5. Nest site selection and nest predation dynamics for Yellow Warblers in the Mono Lake basin (dissertation research; 4 manuscripts published in various journals).
- University of California, Riverside, Ph.D. Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. Dissertation topic: Nest-site selection and predation dynamics for an open-cup nesting songbird, the Yellow Warbler. 2009
- University of California, Davis, B.S. Wildlife ecology and conservation 1998
- post-doctoral researcher, Rocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service
2011 - Current
This position involves developing species distribution models and occupancy models for forest woodpeckers and bird communities. I work with various types of habitat suitability models to analyze environmental relationships with species occurrence and estimate species distributions. I also develop occupancy models in both Bayesian and frequentist frameworks to analyze habitat relationships and population trends for individual species or bird community responses to large-scale disturbance (fire, mountain pine beetle outbreak, and logging). In the course of this work, I have developed familiarity and expertise with statistical analysis in R, development of Bayesian models in WinBUGS, and projection of model outputs using GIS software. I have advised design of a long-term effectiveness monitoring study as part of the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP) to examine wildlife responses to forest management treatments. I have also provided guidance, advice, feedback, and training in implementation of analytic techniques to graduate students. In addition to research, I am developing and populating Access databases to organize, store, and improve data accessibility.
- post-doctoral researcher, Center for Conservation Biology, U.C. Riverside
2010 - 2011
This position involved the study of species of conservation concern under the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. I focused much of my time on analyzing burrowing distributional data using both occupancy models and presence-only distribution modeling techniques. I also conducted surveys of animal and plant species, including endangered species, in aeolian sand habitats for population and community monitoring under the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan. Survey techniques employed included surveying vertebrates by censusing their tracks, pitfall trapping for sampling arthropods, quadrat sampling for plant surveys, and measurement of sand compaction using a sand penetrometer. I also developed and populated a database to store the data from these surveys and developed analytic approaches to answer research questions of concern for adaptive management of protected species. Data analyses were carried out using various software: R, ArcGIS, Presence, and MaxEnt.
Awards & Recognition
- Certificate of Merit, 2014
Awarded for developing relational databases for more than twenty years of data collected for the Birds and Burns Network across the Interior West and for regional monitoring of White-headed Woodpeckers in the Inland Northwest. $750.
- Travel Award, 2009
Student Travel Award for the ESA annual meeting
- Travel Award, 2009
Student Travel Award for the AOU/COS joint meeting
- Research Grant, 2008
Distinguished Fellowship in Biology (UCR Biology Department)
- Research Grant, 2007
Mono Basin Bird Chautaqua Grant (Mono Lake Committee)
- Research Grant, 2007
Dissertation Research Grant (UC Riverside)
- Equipment Grant, 2002
Partners in Flight grant for nest-monitoring video camera systems
Featured Publications & Products
- Latif, Quresh S.; Saab, Victoria A.; Mellen-Mclean, Kim; Dudley, Jonathan G. 2015. Evaluating Habitat Suitability Models For Nesting White-Headed Woodpeckers In Unburned Forest.
- Latif, Quresh S.; Saab, Victoria A.; Dudley, Jonathan G.; Hollenbeck, Jeff P. 2013. Ensemble Modeling To Predict Habitat Suitability For A Large-Scale Disturbance Specialist.
- Saab, Victoria A.; Latif, Quresh S.; Rowland, Mary M.; Johnson, Tracey N.; Chalfoun, Anna D.; Buskirk, Steven W.; Heyward, Joslin E.; Dresser, Matthew A. 2014. Ecological Consequences Of Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks For Wildlife In Western North American Forests.
- VanTassel, Heather L. Hulton; Hansen, Anne M.; Barrows, Cameron W.; Latif, Quresh; Simon, Margaret W.; Anderson, Kurt E. 2014. Declines In A Ground-Dwelling Arthropod Community During An Invasion By Sahara Mustard (Brassica Tournefortii) In Aeolian Sand Habitats.
- Latif, Quresh S.; Heath, Sacha K.; Rotenberry, John T. 2012. Effects Of Parents And Brown-Headed Cowbirds (Molothrus Ater) On Nest Predation Risk For A Songbird.
- Latif, Quresh S.; Heath, Sacha K.; Rotenberry, John T. 2012. How Avian Nest Site Selection Responds To Predation Risk: Testing An 'Adaptive Peak Hypothesis'.
- Latif, Quresh S.; Fleming, Kathleen D.; Barrows, Cameron; Rotenberry, John T. 2012. Modeling Seasonal Detection Patterns For Burrowing Owl Surveys.
- Latif, Quresh S.; Heath, Sacha K.; Ballard, Grant. 2012. The Nest Predator Assemblage For Songbirds In Mono Lake Basin Riparian Habitats.
- Latif, Quresh S.; Heath, Sacha K.; Rotenberry, John T. 2011. An 'Ecological Trap' For Yellow Warbler Nest Microhabitat Selection.
- Latif, Quresh S.; Grenier, J. Letitia; Heath, Sacha K.; Ballard, Grant; Hauber, Mark E. 2006. First Evidence Of Conspecific Brood Parasitism In Song Sparrows With Comments On Methods Sufficient To Document This Behavior.