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Brian E. Dickerson

Greater Sage-Grouse research

Wildlife Biologist

8221 South Highway 16
Rapid City, SD 57702
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Current Research

I am currently assisting research scientists in a number of projects. In the Black Hills of South Dakota we are estimating populations of Black-backed woodpeckers, determining woodpecker forage availability in wildfire and mountain pine beetle disturbed habitats, and monitoring change in understory vegetation with regard to timber harvest activities (special emphasis on invasives). In the sand hills region of Nebraska we are analyzing vegetation data from the 1950's and 1960's to current data after finding permanent plots in a Research Natural Area that has been protected from grazing and fire management.

Research Interests

I am interested in research that produces results that managers can use to better conserve our natural resources.  Anything that brings me outside and allows me to be a part of answering the questions that our land managers need answered is what drives me.   

Past Research

Past studies at the Rocky Mountain Research Station: Black-backed woodpecker resource selection, and Greater sage-grouse habitat ecology with respect to wind energy development.

As a graduate student at Texas State University-San Marcos I studied urbanization effects of a common freshwater turtle species.

As an undergraduate at Texas A&M University I was fortunate to be part of a mini-research course through the Study Abroad program that took place in Swaziland, Africa. My group studied roost use by bat species we caught that resulted in a publication.

Why This Research is Important

All research is important in that it allows us to make better informed decisions about how we use our natural resources.


  • Texas State University-San Marcos, M.S., Wildlife Ecology, 2010
  • Texas A&M University, B.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Management, 2009
  • Professional Organizations

    • The Wildlife Society, Member ( 2009 to present )
      ., I started my involvement with The Wildlife Society through the student chapter at Texas A&M University. I joined The Widlife Society and the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society as well. Now I live in South Dakota and have become a member of the South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society. I currently hold an Associate Wildlife Biologist certification with this organization and plan to become a Certified Wildlife Biologist once I fulfill the requirements.

    Featured Publications

    Researchers gather baseline information on greater sage-grouse prior to construction of a wind energy project consisting of 1,000 turbines in Carbon County, Wyoming.
    Stem initiation of key mixed-grass prairie species will be examined under a range of temperature, clipping, and moisture treatments in a series of growth chamber and greenhouse experiments.