8221 South Highway 16
Rapid City, SD 57702
I am currently assisting research scientists in a number of projects including Greater sage-grouse habitat ecology with respect to proposed wind energy projects, resource selection of Black-backed woodpeckers in the Black Hills National Forest, and monitoring change in understory vegetation with regard to timber harvest activities.
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.
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.
As a graduate student at Texas State University-San Marcos I studied urbanization effects of a common freshwater turtle species.
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
- The Wildlife Society, Member (2009 - Current)
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 & Products
- Brown, Donald J.; Schultz, Amanda D.; Dixon, James R.; Dickerson, Brian E.; Forstner, Michael R. J. 2012. Decline of red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta elegans) and Texas spiny softshells (Apalone spinifera emoryi) in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
- Monadjem, Ara; Raabe, Tara; Dickerson, Brian; Silvy, Nova; McCleery, Robert. 2010. Roost use by two sympatric species of Scotophilus in a natural environment.
Publications & Products
- Mali, Ivana; Dickerson, Brian E.; Brown, Donald J.; Dixon, James R.; Forstner, Michael R. J. 2013. Road density not a major driver of Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) population demographics in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.